When: Friday, September 09 / 1:00 am – 1:30 pm
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The Evolution of the Hopkins Retrospective

Join BAF and Baltimore Heritage for a special Virtual History presentation!

About this event

This program is hosted on Zoom. Upon registering you will receive an email confirmation and a Zoom link. If you do not receive a link, please contact mstella@aiabalt.com. If you do not contact us at least 1 hour prior to the start of the program, we cannot guarantee admittance.

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage present the Virtual Histories Series: 30 minute live virtual tours and presentations focusing on Baltimore architecture, preservation and history. Hosted every Friday at 1:00 pm EST.

Tickets are donation based. We encourage you to give what you can to support BAF and Baltimore Heritage. Your support helps us make up for lost tour and program revenue from COVID-19 and create more virtual programs like this.


About our presentation

Public historian and archivist Allison Seyler will detail the evolution of the Hopkins Retrospective Program at Johns Hopkins University. This initiative, created by President Ronald J. Daniels in 2013 was intended to draw lessons from past experiences to look forward to the university’s collective future. It was also an attempt to bring together historians and archivists from the institution’s different repositories to work on collaborative projects and efforts, ones that might illuminate marginalized or underrepresented groups throughout the university and health system’s histories. Over the last 9 years, the program has grown and includes many different components: historical research, oral history interviews, student fellowships, online exhibitions, public programming, and archival processing. Allison will discuss different aspects of this work, elaborate on current projects underway, and talk about the work ahead.


About the presenter

Allison Seyler is an archivist and public historian with roots in and a commitment to Baltimore City. She currently serves as the Hopkins Retrospective Program Manager at Johns Hopkins University. Her research as a graduate student at UMBC, archivist on the Legacy of Slavery team at the Maryland State Archives, and now asks how historians can illuminate ordinary peoples’ experiences using archival records. Taking it a step further, she investigates how we make these stories relevant and accessible to public audiences, while directly confronting issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the field. Allison served on the board of the Baltimore City Historical Society from 2018 to 2022 and volunteers for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.