The Arrival of Shakespeare at
St. John’s College, Annapolis, 1870-1880
August 20th–December 17th, 2014
The Greenfield Library’s Fall 2014 exhibit, created by Hollis Thoms (AGI06), shows the introduction of Shakespeare to St. John’s College in the 19th century. Thoms traces the beginnings of Shakespeare at St. John’s to James Mercer Garnett, 10th Principal of the College. James Garnett, a graduate of the University of Virginia, and a Confederate soldier during the Civil War, provided the leadership and scholarship that was instrumental in bringing serious study of Shakespeare’s plays to St. John’s.