Posts Tagged “history”

Slow to Heal

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Part of my job as the curator at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine involves handling the loans of artifacts to other institutions.  I always request photos of the artifacts on exhibit, because I like to see how other museums handle displaying these artifacts.  Sometimes though, I get to actually visit in person.  Recently I had the opportunity to see the new exhibit at the Musselman Library at Gettysburg College.  The curator of the exhibit, Natalie Sherif, had contacted me several months ... read more

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What’s in the Box?

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Last week I posted about my trip to North Carolina to pick up an artifact for my museum.  This week I’ll finally tell you about the artifact!     Private Mason Myers was a Union soldier from Orwell, New York.  He enlisted in September of 1861 at the age of 19 years.  His enlistment papers list him as being a farmer.  He was 5’8” tall, with a light complexion, dark eyes, and light hair.  He served with the 24th New York Infantry, and later with the 76th New York Infantry.  ... read more

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Interviewing the Curator

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A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by a student from the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade for a news story about the museum for his class.  I did a similar interview last year, so I knew it involved being filmed.  While I am happy to help in these projects, I have to confess that I am much more comfortable behind the camera rather than in front if it!  However, I’ve learned that one way to help promote my museum and the artifacts and exhibits here, is to promote my work ... read more

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Mysteries at the Museum!

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Back in August I posted about the Mysteries at the Museum crew being here at the museum to film a segment for their show.  The show aired on Thursday, March 6, and it featured a medicine bottle of silver nitrate in a segment titled, “The World’s Oldest Profession!”  You can see some photos from the episode here:  http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/mysteries-at-the-museum/photos/mysteries-in-cold-blood-pictures The National Museum of Civil War Medicine's photos are numbers five and ... read more

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Another Peek at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum

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We’re still working hard on getting the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office ready to open!  The restoration work has been completed, and now we are working on finishing the welcome center, putting up the informational panels, displaying a few artifacts, and determining how the tours will proceed through the space.  So, earlier this week a group of the museum staff visited the space for a “practice tour.” http://i1253.photobucket.com/albums/hh583/gotaphotos/1-desk_zpsf0bca84a.jpg We finally ... read more

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In the Light

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In the spring of 2012, all of us at the museum were excited about the addition of Major Jonathan Letterman’s desk to our exhibits out at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum.  (You can see my post about the desk’s arrival here:   http://guardianoftheartifacts.blogspot.com/2012/05/newartifacts-at-pry-house-ive-been.html ) Do you see any issues for the desk in this photo?  Note that the desk is positioned directly under a large window which is letting in a lot of sunlight.  Exposure ... read more

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An Artifact Scare!

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Most museums, mine included, have far more artifacts than they can display all at once.  So, the artifacts which are not in display are kept in the museum’s collection room.  Here they are stored in fairly stable environment conditions, which help to preserve them.  However, even under ideal conditions there can still be issues which arise.  This is why I routinely monitor the artifacts there.  So, when I recently discovered some whitish spots all over a large leather medical trunk, I was ... read more

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The Emotional Toll of War

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Last week was a first for me – I was part of the team which developed the National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s first traveling exhibit!  R. Gregory Lande, D.O., Terry Reimer, the Director of Research for the NMCWM, and I worked together to create the exhibit titled, “The Emotional Toll of War.”  It was inspired by the recent news stories of our current soldiers who have struggled with issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, and even suicide.  Civil War soldiers suffered ... read more

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The Journey Home

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       A faded and well-worn quilt is on display now at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum.  Though it belonged to the Pry family, it has only recently come back “home” to the house.  Let’s take a look at where it has been!     After the Battle of Antietam in 1862, Philip & Elizabeth Pry's farm was stripped by the armies of most of its resources, including the family’s food, livestock, lumber, and even the crops in the fields.  The once prosperous farm was left in ... read more

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A General’s Pistol

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Though most of the artifacts donated to my museum are clearly medical in nature, some may not seem so at first glance.  One such artifact in the museum’s collection is an 1862 Police Pocket pistol, which is said to have belonged to General Gustavus Sniper, 185th New York Infantry.  While General Sniper certainly had a role in the Civil War, he was not in the medical profession.  However, his pistol was accepted into our collection so that it can be displayed in an upcoming exhibit on Civil War ... read more

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