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Support Homewood Museum with Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage Ticket

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF NEWS AND INFORMATION
901 S. Bond St., Suite 540
Baltimore, Maryland 21231

March 16, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Heather Egan Stalfort
410-516-0341, ext. 17
hestalfort@jhu.edu, or
Amy Lunday
443-287-9960
acl@jhu.edu

Buying a ticket for the Baltimore County leg of the 2010 Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage will support the restoration and repair of Homewood Museum’s iconic front portico. Homewood Museum, one of Johns Hopkins University’s teaching museums, is the preservation beneficiary of the Baltimore County portion of the tour, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.

Tickets are $30 in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/ or $35 on site the day of the tour. Homewood Museum will offer free admission to visitors through May 2010 when they show their MHGP ticket stub.

The Baltimore County tour will highlight the history of the Ruxton and Woodbrook communities, with visits to nine historically interesting and architecturally significant sites, private homes and gardens, including a c. 1909 chapel that has been renovated and expanded for modern living; the Elkridge Club, built in 1895 on the former estate of Governor Bradford; and the National Register of Historic Places property Tyrconnell, renowned for its 26 acres of gardens landscaped by Arthur Folsom Paul based on the Italian Renaissance garden at Villa d’Este.

Proceeds from the May 1 tour will help address the restoration, cleaning, repair and stabilization needs of Homewood Museum’s identity-defining front portico. The support will be used to meet the matching portion of the museum’s Save America’s Treasures challenge grant of $186,880 awarded in 2009.

A National Historic Landmark built in 1801 by Charles Carroll Jr. and one of the nation’s best-surviving examples of Federal-period architecture, Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Museum contributes to the advancement of scholarship and museum practice, and welcomes members of the public to experience its collections and special exhibitions, as well as to enjoy its tours, lectures, and other programs.

The Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage has raised more than a million dollars for the preservation and restoration of properties throughout the state since its formation in 1930. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of architecturally significant properties in Maryland. The annual spring tours are a central component of its efforts to cultivate awareness of Maryland’s rich architectural and cultural heritage, from historic to contemporary settings. Each year, proceeds from the tour support designated preservation projects in each host community.

This year’s pilgrimage will be held over four consecutive weekends from Sunday, April 25, through Sunday, May 16. The complete 2010 tour includes 57 private homes, gardens, farms, churches and historic sites across six Maryland municipalities – the City of Baltimore: Guilford (Sunday, April 25); Baltimore County (Saturday, May 1); Montgomery County (Sunday, May 2); Charles County (Saturday, May 8); Talbot County (Saturday, May 15); and Cecil County (Sunday, May 16).

The Maryland House & Garden Pilgrimage’s Web site is http://www.mhgp.org. Call 410-821-6933, or send email to mhgp@aol.com, for additional information.

Homewood Museum, Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21218
Tel: 410-516-5589

E-mail: homewoodmuseum@jhu.edu
Web site: www.museums.jhu.edu
Hours: Open by guided tour offered on the half-hour, Tuesday–Friday: 11 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday–Sunday: noon–4 p.m. Last tour at 3:30 p.m. Closed Monday, as well as major holidays.
Admission: $6 adults; $5 seniors (65+) and AAA members; $3 students (13+ with ID), youth (6–12) and Johns Hopkins alumni and retirees; FREE for members, Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students (with valid ID) and children (5 and under).

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