I have been busy planning for the our first traveling exhibit from the National Library of Medicine, entitled "Life and Limb: The toll of the American Civil War." It is fascinating as it examines the lives of wounded soldiers in the years after the Civil War, and how society reacted to these maimed men as… Continue reading Civil War events
Drinking patterns in America
I've been doing some research on medicinal alcohol for a new exhibit and came across the data for this graph- I was surprised to see the huge fluctuation in the amount of beer consumed by Americans (yellow line), and also the sharp decrease in total alcohol consumed (red line) in the 1830s. What was… Continue reading Drinking patterns in America
First items displayed in Cushwa Hall
The first of the new display cases in Cushwa Hall were filled this morning! After a new paint job and a good cleaning, the display cases looked good in their new location. This is the main entrance to the College of Health and Human Services from Lincoln Avenue. During class changes, this hallway is pretty… Continue reading First items displayed in Cushwa Hall
Look! We got a new website!
Its here! The new website for the museum is live today. Check it out at http://ysu.edu/melnick-museum/. With all the changes going on at the museum (relocation, storage, and new display areas to name the big ones), it was time to build a new site that would reflect the new direction. I hope you like it. It was made… Continue reading Look! We got a new website!
New display areas!
The future home of the Melnick Medical Museum, Cushwa Hall, got a face lift over the summer. A small piece of the project was to create several display areas for the museum to use in different areas throughout the building- increasing exposure to the museum and its collections. There are many students in this building,… Continue reading New display areas!
Project “Move” has begun!
The museum is in the first stage of a long process to relocate the museum to another building on the campus of Youngstown State University. The exhibits have been "deinstalled" and some of the small components and artifacts have been carefully packed in archival (acid free) boxes. Now we are waiting for the professional movers… Continue reading Project “Move” has begun!
Summer Festival of the Arts
Although the Melnick Medical Museum is no longer open for tours (see this post), the museum will be represented at the annual Summer Festival of the Arts on Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th. The festival is held on and around the campus of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH. A selection of interesting… Continue reading Summer Festival of the Arts
Takin’ the Show on the Road!
Exciting news- the museum is relocating to the campus core! This is a very good opportunity for the museum to strengthen its ties with the university's academic courses and be part of the cluster of museums already in the campus core. I am excited about the new partnerships and programs that will come out of… Continue reading Takin’ the Show on the Road!
Albert Sabin archival collection digitized
June 3, 2013 –The University of Cincinnati Libraries have completed a three-year project to digitize the correspondence and photographs of Albert B. Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine and distinguished service professor at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine and Children's Hospital Research Foundation from 1939-1969. The collection is freely and publicly available… Continue reading Albert Sabin archival collection digitized
Dr. Betterman and the story of how modern medicine came to a small town (1868-1910)
"All doctors have to put on a bold front. [...] I am not ashamed to confess that I do not know it all. Probably never will. I do try to use the best things and methods that rational science has to officer. All medicine has much yet to learn." So writes Dr. Amos Betterman in… Continue reading Dr. Betterman and the story of how modern medicine came to a small town (1868-1910)