February 8, 2010

Republican leaders’ spouses make two Peabody stops

During President Obama’s meeting in Baltimore with Republican congressional leaders on Jan. 29, a delegation of Republican spouses took an “architectural highlights” tour of the city. Led by author and photographer Bill McAllen, whose book Spirit of Place: Baltimore’s Favorite Spaces was published a year ago, the group toured the George Peabody Library and visited the Peabody Conservatory.

Library assistant Paul Espinosa spoke about George Peabody’s importance as one of Baltimore’s early benefactors and gave a brief overview of the holdings of the Peabody Library, the building’s history and the day-to-day operations of the library in its support of the educational mission of Johns Hopkins’ Sheridan Libraries.

The group also visited the Peabody Conservatory, where they were treated to an impromptu performance on the double bass by Duc Minh Tran, a graduate professional diploma candidate.