Joseph Plaster of Sheridan Libraries & University Museums recognized by National Council on Public History

2023's Small Institution Award praises the Peabody Ballroom Experience, a collaboration between JHU and Baltimore's ballroom community

Joseph Plaster, director of the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center and Curator in Public Humanities at the Sheridan Libraries & University Museums, has been named 2023's Small Institution Award Winner by the National Council on Public History for the Peabody Ballroom Experience, an arts and humanities collaboration between JHU and Baltimore's ballroom community.

NCPH's Outstanding History Project Awards are presented for work completed within the previous two calendar years that contribute to broader public reflection and appreciation of the past or that serve as a model of professional public history practice.

"The blending of performance, oral history, and archival research was particularly innovative," the judges said. "The Peabody Ballroom Experience's unique program composition brings to life an important part of Baltimore's subculture, yet at the same time transcends the typical local history narrative to truly convey a national story."

Plaster's new book, Kids on the Street: Queer Kinship and Religion in San Francisco's Tenderloin, was released this month by Duke University Press.

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