If you’ve been following my blog recently, you’ll probably remember that I’ve been working on putting together a display for the trunk bed of Clara Barton’s which is on loan to us from the American Red Cross. Though it took just a bit longer than expected, it is finally out on display! The case which housed the Clara Barton exhibit here at the NMCWM was too small for the trunk bed to be displayed open, so I had to do a little rearranging first.
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I’ve been working on a big project here at the museum for the past couple of months, and I can finally share it with you. The National Museum of Civil War Medicine’s artifact collection is now online! I’ve been advocating for this feature for a couple of years now, so I am very pleased to see it finally available to the public. Now anyone who wants to find out about a particular artifact at the NMCWM can simply search for it online. This should be a great help to students, educators, re-enactors, ... read more
This week, I hope you don’t mind if I step up on my soapbox for a minute! The following article was brought to my attention recently, and I think the topic of letting the public handle museum artifacts is worthy of a bit of discussion. It’s a short article, so go ahead and read it here:
Now I certainly understand about incorporating some hands-on exhibits for the visitors. In ... read more
One of the requests I get at the museum is for statistics about the museum and the museum’s collection. Usually the requests are from Museum Studies students, and I am glad to help them. I do get some of the same questions (but not quite so many of them!) from museum visitors though. So, based on the questions I hear the most, I thought I’d share a few facts about the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
How big is the museum?
How many artifacts do you have ... read more
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
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
I have to confess that this has been a very busy week for me. I’m still catching up from the snow days we had and the time I was away for the conference. So, today I thought I’d give you a look at some of the odd things which are in my office!
Let’s start with my desk.
http://i1253.photobucket.com/albums/hh583/gotaphotos/1-Barton_zps56878d0f.jpg – Clara Barton watches over my business cards.
http://i1253.photobucket.com/albums/hh583/gotaphotos/2-book_zps2bd96645.jpg – I always ... read more
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
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