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
Occasionally, I get to take a little time away from the museum to attend workshops or conferences. They are good opportunities for keeping up with the latest information on museum policies and artifact care, for making new contacts at other institutions, and for getting a fresh perspective on museum issues. I was fortunate (and thankful!) this year to win the Peter H. Plamondon Professional Development Scholarship so that I could attend this year’s Small Museum Association conference in Ocean ... read more
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
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
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
Sometimes instead of changing an entire exhibit, a few new items can be added. This allows some of the artifacts to be rotated off display for a while. It also gives our exhibits an “update” and allows our visitors to see new artifacts. I’ve recently updated two of the exhibits at the NMCWM. Let’s take a look at what’s on display now.
Most of the new additions were added to the Nursing display. Though my museum doesn’t have a large collection of artifacts associated with ... 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