Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What’s Happening Now…

September has been a very busy month, and I wanted to post something before it ends! I am working on several major projects, each with with different components.

First up is refreshing the Krause Room. We have painted it, and if I do say so, it’s looking rather sharp. The new “Turtleback” paint really brings the makes the beautiful trim pop. IMG_4119When the room was mauve, the contrast between the walls and trim wasn’t as dramatic, and the architectural lines of the woodwork were muted.IMG_3954When we took down the portraits to prep for the painting, I found that the portrait hanging over the fireplace was a special one – even though we still aren’t sure who it is! This little portrait was given to Marcia Noyes by the Faculty, and she left it to MedChi upon her death. Smith JP or JRIn the 1961 inventory of our paintings, it’s listed as either J.P. or J.R. Smith. But that’s not very much to go on.

I am going to be filling the 176 linear feet (yes, I did measure) of shelves in the reading room. I have selected a range of books from the stacks to include French, German and English medical books, and of course, books that have great bindings. I will also be putting a selection of medical instruments in the shelves, and some “silver” which we recently discovered in an old safe that hadn’t been opened for years!IMG_4078

Speaking of portraits, I have spent hours looking at the 1961 inventory of artwork in preparation for identifying each of them with a museum-style plaque. I am adding the name of the sitter along with the dates, the medium used, the artist and a few lines about the sitter. imageThe best part of reviewing the 1961 inventory is that I’ve straightened out who some of the portraits are!

Stay tuned for the big unveiling of the Krause room – it should be in a week or two!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Another Menu

Most of our menus date back to the 1800’s or the earliest decades of the 1900’s, but here is one that is from the mid-1900’s. It’s from the 30th Annual Meeting of the Society of Neurological Surgeons on June 10, 1949 at the Maryland Club.

In searching our archives, I found a paper crumpled and wrapped around a printing die that was used for the cover of a program. terp bird1[3]

After I un-crumpled it, menu cover 1949and found the die inside, I flattened out the paper and discovered another menu. menu 1949

In the 40 years between the 1909 menu and this one from 1949, things have changed dramatically. Cigars, cigarettes, wine and liquor are all gone. However, the starter of celery and olives remains.

I cleaned up the print from the die so that we could use it for a current meeting of the Neurological Surgeons, held earlier this summer. The turtle is the Maryland Terrapin and the bird is the Johns Hopkins Blue Jay.jay and terrapin (2)

I wonder if olives and celery was a MedChi tradition or whether it was common at one point in time?