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Indiana Medical History Museum

3045 W. Vermont St.

Indianapolis, IN    46222

       Ph: 317.635.7329

 

Upcoming Events at the Indiana Medical History Museum

October 8, 2014,  4:00 pm

Forensic Lecture Series | Fall 2014


Abraham Lincoln: Forensics of an Assassination


What if modern forensic investigation techniques were applied to the Abraham Lincoln assassination? What can we learn from the firearm that was recovered from Ford’s Theater? From what distance did the shooting occur? And why did so many at the theater report not hearing the fatal shot?

Based on research conducted with a Derringer pistol and a “Spatter Head” that simulates the structure of the human cranium, Douglas H. Boxler, Firearms Investigator for the Indianapolis Marion County Forensic Services Agency, will provide some possible answers.



October 26, 2014,  2:00 - 4:30 pm

The Tenth Annual Wizards Academy



Visit with magical creatures from Animalia, Inc. and explore the science behind your favorite wizard’s magical world through hands-on experiments!

Monica Medina, Interim Director of the Center for Multicultural Education at IUPUI, will educate and entertain parents while their young wizards attend classes.

Recommended for grades 3-6.
Children $8; Adults $6
Family Packages are available.

Advance registration is required.  Participants are encouraged to dress up
in their favorite wizardly attire.




Discover the work of wandering artist John Zwara (1880-1951), whose schizophrenia diagnosis landed him at the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane in 1938.

1:00-1:45 pm, Amphitheater
Former fine arts curator at the Indiana State Museum and a leading authority on John Zwara, Rachel Perry will acquaint visitors with the artist’s life and work.

2:15-3:00 pm, Amphitheater
Professor of art therapy at Herron School of Art and Design and a practicing clinician, Juliet King will place Zwara’s story in the context of the development of art therapy throughout the twentieth century until today.

Between presentations and after, visitors can view the Indiana Medical History Museum’s John Zwara Collection in the upstairs exhibit hall.

$5 

Advance registration required.

This event is presented by the Indiana Medical History Museum and
the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design - Art Therapy Program


Past Events


Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:45 am- 10:45 am

Garden Kids! 

Kids will learn all about plants through hands-on activities! They will
· Identify garden plants
· See how plants grow
· Explore how plants can be used as medicine


Recommended for ages 6-9. Accompanying parents will be treated to a talk in the museum amphitheater by Kathy Hull, Master Gardener and MD, "Growing Miracles: Modern Wonder Drugs from the Medicinal Garden." 



May 3, 2014- September 3, 2014

Exhibit - The Heart of Healthcare: Professionalization of Nursing in Indiana

In the early 19th century, women in Indiana had little or no opportunities for formal education and training, and most worked as homemakers and farmers in their own families.  Nursing care for the sick was also a family matter, provided primarily by untrained family members.  Care for the poor was inferior or nonexistent.  Growing populations, epidemics of disease, and injuries and diseases affecting soldiers during the Civil War made the need for formally trained nurses in Indiana all too clear.  Training for nurses was first made available by religious and women's organizations, and later by hospital schools of nursing across the state.  Using photographs and documents from the collections of the Indiana State Archives and objects from the collections of the Indiana Medical History Museum, this exhibit explores the history of nursing education in Indiana. The exhibit will be located in the upstairs hallway, and is included in the one-hour tour.

 

 


Wednesday, April 2, 2014 4:00 to 5:15pm

Spring Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

"A Cemetery without Crosses: Migrant Death and Forensic Investigations along the South Texas Border"
By Dr. Krista Latham, Jessica Campbell, Erica Christensen, Justin Maiers and Ryan Strand

This presentation will highlight the human rights work that faculty and students from the University of Indianapolis have been conducting along the south Texas border.  They spent several weeks in the summer of 2013 exhuming the bodies of unidentified migrants that were buried in pauper's graves without a forensic investigation into their identity.  Thirteen sets of skeletal remains were eventually transported to the University of Indianapolis Archeology and Forensic Laboratory for forensic analysis in an attempt to contribute to the positive identification process.  The team will introduce the audience to the humanitarian crisis on the border and discuss their work by following one of these unidentified individuals from exhumation at the cemetery to forensic analysis in the laboratory.

The Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS), sponsored jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archaeology & Forensics Laboratory, was established in 2004 to help educate the public in the forensic sciences and related fields as well as to spotlight the fascinating stories that scientists have to tell.

 


Thursday, November 7, 2013 6-8pm

Scientific Heroism: Risk in Biological Research for the Benefit of Public Health

This is a Spirit and Place Festival event.  The program is free and open to the public but requires advanced registration.  Please check back in the late summer of 2013 for registration information.

 

Embracing the 2013 Spirit and Place Festival theme RISK, our panelists, Nordschow Professor Emeritus Dr. James Smith and Senior Research Professor Dr. George Sandusky, both from the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at IU School of Medicine, and Norma B. Erickson, Assistant Technical Director at AIT Laboratories in Indianapolis and graduate student in History at IUPUI, will discuss the general history of risk in medical research and the overall risks of laboratory work.  They'll describe specific cases of accidental exposure and laboratory-acquired infections over the last 150 years, including recent cases.  They will also talk about specific risks, and steps taken to diminish those risks, in research on the malarial treatment of syphilis that was conducted in the laboratories of the Old Pathology Department of Central State Hospital, which now houses the Indiana Medical History Museum.

 

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Sunday, October, 27, 2013 2-4:30pm

9th Annual Wizards Academy

This program requires advanced registration. Registration will be available August 31st. Check back later for more information.

 

Visit with wondrous creatures from Animalia, Inc. and explore the science behind your favorite boy wizard's magical world through hands-on experiments! A special guest speaker will educate and entertain parents while their young wizards attend classes.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013  4-5:15pm

Tiny but not trivial...Microscopy in Forensic
Science

Fall 2013 Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

This lecture is free and open to the public but requires an RSVP due to limited seating.

Gina Londino, MS from the IUPUI Department of Chemistry and Clinical Biology, and Dirk Shaw, trace chemist at the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency, will discuss some history of microscopy in the forensic sciences, how it has been used recently in particular cases, and how the work of each differs from the other's based on many factors, including scope, resources, and purpose.  The lecture will be accompanied by our newest exhibit, opening September 12th, Looking Through the Lens: Microscopy at the Indiana Medical History Museum.

 

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Saturdays at 11am from June through September

FREE Guided Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden

led by one of our Purdue Master Gardener

Every Saturday morning between June and September, IMHM offers free guided tours of the Medicinal Plant Garden led by one of the Purdue Master Gardeners of Marion County who lovingly maintain it. Please note that tours begin promptly at 11am and do not include a tour of the museum.

 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 4 to 5:15pm

That's Disgusting! Estimating Time Since Death from Human Decomposition

presented by Stephen P. Nawrocki

We have reached our capacity for this program. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please call 317-635-7329 or email education@imhm.org. In case of cancellations, we will contact the next person on the waitlist to offer them newly available seats. On the day of the event, we will offer any empty seats from registered guests who have not arrived by the beginning of the program at 4:00pm to unregistered guests present, beginning with those left on the waitlist in the order that their request was received. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

This program is free and open to the public but requires an RSVP due to limited seating. For more information or to RSVP, please call 317-635-7329 or email Sarah Halter at education@imhm.org.

Investigators need to know when an individual died, and this information is best estimated from insect evidence on the body. However, when insects are not available, the anthropologist can make an imprecise estimate using the state of decomposition of the soft tissues. Recent research by the University of Indianapolis Archaeology and Forensics Laboratory has tried to improve our methods by carefully examining the relationship between decay and accumulated temperature, and results suggest that we've been doing it wrong for decades. WARNING! This topic may not be suitable for very young or sensitive learners.

The Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS), sponsored jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archaeology and Forensics Laboratory, was established in 2004 to help educate the public about the forensic sciences and related fields, as well as to spotlight the fascinating stories scientists have to tell.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 11am

Lincoln Hospital 1909-1915: A Study of Leadership in African American Healthcare in Progressive-Era Indianapolis

presented by Norma B. Erickson, graduate student in the M.A. United State History Program at IUPUI

This program is free and open to the public but requires an RSVP due to limited seating. For more information or to RSVP, please call 317-635-7329 or email Sarah Halter at education@imhm.org.

In the early years of the twentieth century, the African American community in Indianapolis faced segregation in most aspects of their lives. For black physicians, discrimination by the medical profession hampered their ability to deliver healthcare to their patients. This presentation outlines the desire of these doctors to treat their patients with quality care and the strategies they used in their attempt to create a modern hospital.

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Friday, November 16, 2012 6:30pm                                                                                 Informed Consent and Mental Illness

This program is free and open to the public but requires an RSVP due to limited seating. To RSVP please email Sarah Halter at education@imhm.org or call (317) 635-7329.

Join us as Timothy T. Dick, PhD, Professor of Biology and Medical Ethics at Owensboro (KY) Community College, examines informed consent, limitations on decision-making capacity, and the role of paternalism and autonomy in mental illness.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012 6:30-8:30pm                                                                                    Art & Play in Child Psychiatry     A Spirit & Place Festival Event                                        This program is free and open to the public but requires an RSVP due to limited seating. To RSVP please email Sarah Halter at education@imhm.org or call (317) 635-7329.

The field of child psychiatry has come a long way since the early 20th century when many professionals still believed that childhood mental disorders resulted from poor education and training, and many adults, including those in the medical profession, viewed children as smaller versions of adults with the same means to process emotions and receptive to the same therapeutic methods as adults. Join us as our panelists discuss art and play therapies as they are used in child psychiatry today.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012 2-4pm                                                                                               8th Annual Wizards Academy                                                                                 This program requires advanced registration.

Visit with wondrous creatures from Animalia, Inc. and explore the science behind your favorite boy wizard's magical world through hands-on experiments! A special guest speaker will educate and entertain parents while their young wizards attend classes.

Cost: $8 children; $6 adults; Family Packages available. Advanced registration required. Click here to register.

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Thursday, October 25, 2012 6:30pm

Premature Burial

This program is free and open to the public but requires an RSVP due to limited seating. To RSVP please call 317-635-7329 or email education@imhm.org.

Seating is full for this lecture. To be added to the waitlist, please email education@imhm.org. We will notify people who are bumped up due to cancellations.

 

You may have seen drawings or heard about the bells sometimes attached to coffins, just in case someone was coffined before they were really dead. Join us as Nancy L. Eckerman, History of Medicine Librarian at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library at Indiana University School of Medicine and author of Indiana in the Civil War: Doctors, Hospitals, and Medical Care, explores the origins of the once common fear of premature burial and some of the possible sociological and medical reasons for the 19th century's obsession with that possibility.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012 4 to 5:15pm

This is the fall installment of our 2012 Forensic Science Lecture Series.

Designing Disaster: The Rise of the Designer Drug Movement

This program is free and open to the public but requires an RSVP due to limited seating. To RSVP please call 317-635-7329 or email education@imhm.org.

Seating is full for this lecture. To be added to the waitlist, please email education@imhm.org. We will notify people who are bumped up due to cancellations.

 

Kevin Shanks, FTS-ABFT is a toxicologist at AIT Laboratories in Indianapolis. During this program he will discuss the history of the designer drug movement from the 1960s to present, focusing on recent years regarding the synthetic cannabinoids (K2/Spice), synthetic stimulants (bath salts and plant food) and psychedelics (2C family and its derivatives.)

 

The Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS), sponsored jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archaeology and Forensics Laboratory, was established in 2004 to help educate the public about the forensic sciences and related fields, as well as to spotlight the fascinating stories scientists have to tell.

 

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Thursday, June 21, 2012 6pm

A Bridge Between Centuries: Central State Hospital and Medical Education in Indiana to 1910

presented by Lois Allis

 

*This lecture is free and open to the public but requires an RSVP due to limited seating. To RSVP please email Sarah Halter at education@imhm.org or call (317) 635-7329 to reserve your seat.

 

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Saturdays at 11am from June through September

FREE Guided Tours of the IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden

led by one of our Purdue Master Gardeners

Every Saturday morning between June and September, IMHM offers free guided tours of the Medicinal Plant Garden led by one of the Purdue Master Gardeners of Marion County who lovingly maintain it. Please note that tours begin promptly at 11am and do not include a tour of the museum.

 

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Sunday, May 20, 2012 4pm*

Growing Miracles: 5 Modern Wonder Drugs from the Medicinal Plant Garden

This lecture is free and open to the public.

*Note time change.

 

Kathleen Hull, MD, IMHM Board member, Indiana University Professor Emerita of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Purdue Master Gardener, Kathleen Hull, MD, will discuss the history, botany, and basic pharmacology of five modern wonder drugs derived from plant materials including: Aspirin, from European meadowsweet; Colchicine, from Autumn crocus; Digitalis, from foxglove; Taxol and other chemotherapeutic agents, from yew and periwinkle; and Artemisinin, from Sweet Annie. Come early! The IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden will be open for viewing starting at 1pm.

 

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Thursday, April 26, 2012 6:30-8pm

Indiana- The Birthplace of Translational Research in Mental Health

Lecture & Book Signing

This lecture is free and open to the public. Copies of the book may be purchased for $20 each.

 

Drs. Lucy Jane King and Alan Schmetzer will discuss their new book Dr. Edenharter's Dream: How Science Improved the Humane Care of the Mentally Ill in Indiana, 1896-2012 and be on hand to sign copies (available for purchase on the day of the event for $20 each.)

 

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 4 to 5:15pm

Twisted: A Closer Look at Forensic DNA Analysis

This lecture is free and open to the public.

 

The Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS), sponsored jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archaeology and Forensic Science Laboratory, was established in 2004 to help educate the public in the forensic sciences and related fields, as well as to spotlight the fascinating stories scientists have to tell.

 

Join us as Dr. Krista Latham, Assistant Professor of Biology and Anthropology and Director of the University of Indianapolis Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, discusses the use of DNA in medicolegal casework. Dr. Latham will introduce the audience to basic concepts in forensic DNA analysis, as well as discuss the complexities and misconceptions of interpreting the DNA information derived from crime scene samples through case examples. She will also highlight some of the research on primary DNA transfer that is currently being conducted in the University of Indianapolis Molecular Anthropology Laboratory.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012 4:30pm

History of Contraception

Presented by Jeffrey Rothenberg, MD

This lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Jeffrey Rothenberg, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Vice-Chair for Faculty Development and Alumni Affairs at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He will discuss the history of contraception focusing on historical milestones and culminating in what we are seeing in current events today.

 

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January 28th through April 7, 2012

IMHM Medicinal Plant Garden (Exhibit)

This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.

 

Immerse yourself in springtime and learn about traditional medicinal plants from the Indiana Medical History Museum's Medicinal Plant Garden.

 

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Saturday, December 17, 2011 10 am to 3pm                                                                         

Annual Christmas Open House

Browse the Old Pathology Building, the nation's oldest free-standing pathology laboratory, and talk with our staff and volunteers...AT NO CHARGE!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011 6:00 to 8:30pm                                                                    

Imaging and Imagining the Body                       

 A Spirit & Place Festival Event                                                                                                     

This event is free but requires an RSVP sent to education@imhm.org

The Indiana Medical History Museum is partnering with the IUPUI Medical Humanities Program for this year's Spirit & Place Festival to present Imaging and Imagining the Body. 

This interactive program explores two closely related themes: the ways that medicine's view of the body has changed over time and how we need to view the body today if we are to achieve optimal health.  Radiologist and humanist Richard Gunderman, MD and PhD will introduce participants to the fascinating story of medical imaging.  Thanks to imaging technologies such as x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI, physicians can peer into the living human body without cutting it open, diagnosing disease and delivering therapy.  He will discuss how such innovations have changed the way we see the body and how they have transformed the practice of medicine.

Anthropologist Heather Wood Ion will discuss how the rest of us tend to think of the body and its diseases today and how these views sometimes undercut the level of health we achieve.  She will outline a new way of thinking about the body, one with the potential to produce an epidemic of health in our community.

Also visit the Indiana Medical History Museum's exhibit on historical perceptions of the body and death from medical, economic, and social perspectives.

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Wednesday, November 2 through Saturday, November 26, 2011                                                     Fall Food Drive          

The Indiana Medical History Museum will be collecting donations of nonperishable food items to benefit Gleaners Food Bank.  Donations can be dropped off anytime during regular business hours.

"Gleaners Food Bank's mission is to end hunger by engaging individuals and communities to provide food for people in need.  Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. serves 21 central and southeastern Indiana counties through over 350 Hunger Relief Agencies serving the ill, needy, and hungry.  Gleaners receives donated food and critical grocery products, and in 2010, nearly 25 million pounds were distributed in our communities."  You can help by donating nonperishable food items (avoid glass containers if possible) including: canned meats like tuna and chicken, heat and serve meals such as soups and ravioli, 100% fruit juices, peanut butter and jelly, and other kid-friendly foods like macaroni, cereals, applesauce cups and healthy snacks.  Items that cannot be accepted include; home-canned goods, items without the ingredients listed on the packaging, tobacco or alcohol, and baby food that is not in the original unopened case.                             

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011   4-5:15pm                                                                  Reflections on Life and Death in 19th Century Indiana                                        

The fall installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS) is presented by Dr. John Langdon, Professor of Biology and Associate Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Indianapolis.                                                                                                                           This lecture is free and open to the public.

Cemeteries and documents permit us to reconstruct the facts of life (and death) for pioneer families and their descendents.  Franklin County, Indiana, for example, was settled by a very fertile, mobile population from the eastern states combined with a wave of German immigrants.  The result was a rural society with low population growth that enables us to observe how social modernization interacted with birth, disease, and death.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011  2-4pm                                                                                       Wizards Academy                                                                                                             This program required advanced registration.

Visit with wondrous creatures from Animalia, Inc. and explore the science behind your favorite boy wizard's magical world through hands-on experiments!  Michael Cohen, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Science and Environmental Education at IUPUI, will educate and entertain parents while their young wizards attend classes.

Cost:  $6 per child, $4 per parent

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Saturdays from June 4 through September 24, 2011  11am
Space is limited.  Starts promptly at 11am in the garden.
Last year the Indiana Medical History Museum began offering guided tours of our annual Medicinal Plants Garden.  Our dedicated Master Gardeners work hard to grow and maintain this beautiful and educational garden and are pleased to share their knowledge of the plants and their historic medical uses to visitors.
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Thursday, July 14, 2011  6:30pm                                                                                            Herbs of the Civil War                                                                                               This lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Joyce Miller, owner of the Huckleberry Hutch, Purdue Master Gardener, and Chaiperson of the Herb Society of Central Indiana, will talk about herbal medicines used during the Civil War before many manufactured drugs were available.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011  6:30pm
This lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Today we think of nursing and medicine as two distinct professions, but during the Civil War, when we had little understanding of microbes and pathogens and when elite physicians were developing an exclusive professional culture, the distance between the work of nurses and the work of physicians was smaller. Jane E. Schultz, PhD, professor of Eng-lish at IUPUI, will bring listeners into the world of Civil War medicine by focusing on the work of military relief as it was performed in general and field hospitals by people with varying degrees of preparation and diverse motivations.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011 1-4pm
Cost:  $12 per person, advanced registration is required. 
Partnering with the Purdue Master Gardeners and the Herb Society of Central Indiana, IMHM will host the second annual A Garden Tea party in our Medicinal Plant Garden of the Indiana Medical History Museum.  Registration for this even will be avaiable in late April.
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Friday, May 20 through Saturday, October 8, 2011

Civil War Medicine
This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.
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Friday, May 13, 2011 6pm

Encore Presentation of the Spring Forensics Lecture

Sherlock Holmes and the Beginning of Modern Forensic Science 

This lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Arthur Conan Doyle's character, Sherlock Holmes, was the first fictional detective to explicitly base his solutions of cases on observation, science, and deductive reasoning.  Many of the stories include accounts of Holmes' detailed examinations of crime scenes and pieces of evidence.  David Zauner, a member of the Indianapolis Sherlock Holmes society, The Illustrious Clients, and a practicing forensic scientist, will explore how the Holmes stories reflect applications of scientific principles to criminal investigations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and how forensic science has developed since that time to its present state.

 

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

The President is a Sick Man

Talk and Book Signing with author Matthew Algeo

 

This program is free and open to the public.  Copies of Mr. Algeo's book (to be released in May) will be available for purchase.

 

Matthew Algeo, an award-winning journalist and author of 'Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure' and 'Last Team Standing', will talk about his newest book, scheduled for release in May 2011, The President is a Sick Man: Wherein the Supposedly Virtuous Grover Cleveland Survies a Secret Surgery at Sea and Vilifies the Courageous Newspaperman who Dared Expose the Truth. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and can be ...signed by the author.

"On July 1, 1893, President Grover Cleveland boarded a friend's yacht and was not heard from for five days. During that time, a team of doctors removed a cancerous tumor from the president's palate along with much of his upper jaw. When an enterprising reporter named E. J. Edwards exposed the secret operation, Cleveland denied it and Edwards was consequently dismissed as a disgrace to journalism. Twenty-four years later, one of the president's doctors finally revealed the incredible truth, but many Americans simply would not believe it. After all, Grover Cleveland's political career was built upon honesty- his most memorable quote was 'Tell the truth'- so it was nearly impossible to believe he was involved in such a brazen cover-up. This is the first full account of the disappearance of Grover Cleveland during that summer more than a century ago."
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Sunday, May 1, 2011 3pm at the Pike Performing Arts Center

Women and Music in Science, Orcenith Smith, Conducting

 

The Indiana Medical History Museum is a community partner with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis for their 70th classical concert season The Arts of Science and Music.  For ticket and venue information, please visit www.philharmonicindy.org.

 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4 to 5:15pm

Spring Forensics Lecture

Sherlock Holmes and the Beginning of Modern Forensic Science 

 

This lecture is free and open to the public.

 

Arthur Conan Doyle's character, Sherlock Holmes, was the first fictional detective to explicitly base his solutions of cases on observation, science, and deductive reasoning.  Many of the stories include accounts of Holmes' detailed examinations of crime scenes and pieces of evidence.  David Zauner, a member of the Indianapolis Sherlock Holmes society, The Illustrious Clients, and a practicing forensic scientist, will explore how the Holmes stories reflect applications of scientific principles to criminal investigations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and how forensic science has developed since that time to its present state.

 

The Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS) was established in 2004 to help educate the public in the forensic sciences and related fields as well as to spotlight the fascinating stories that scientists have to tell. The lecture series is sponsored jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archeology & Forensics Laboratory.

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Friday, February 4 through Saturday, April 9, 2011                                                                   Rustic Remedies:  Cures from Granny's Garden

This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.

This exhibit highlights a few of the many medicinal plants that were available in Pioneer Indiana.  Learn more about these plants and their uses, and get a preview of the museum's own Medicinal Garden which is lovingly maintained by IMHM board member Kathleen Hull, M.D. and the Purdue Master Gardeners of Marion County.

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Saturday, December  18, 2010 10am to 3pm

12 Days of Indy Christmas

 

This open house event is free and open to the public.

 

Come visit the nation's oldest surviving pathology laboratory.  Browse the museum and talk with staff and volunteers.

 

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Friday, November 12, 2010 - Saturday, January 29, 2011

Food Fight!  Dr. John Hurty’s Battle for Public Health & the Indiana Pure Food and Drugs Act of 1899

 

This exhibit corresponds to our Spirit & Place Festival event. 

This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.

 

Dr. John Hurty, Indiana State Health Commissioner (1896-1922), wrote the first comprehensive state food and drug law in the nation, which passed in 1899.  This exhibit will feature drawings commissioned by John Hurty for use in public health pamphlets and posters.  Several of these works were created by Richmond, Indiana native Gaar Williams, a political cartoonist for the Indianapolis Star and the Chicago Tribune.

 

 

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Friday, November 12, 2010

A Progressive Affair:  The Threat of Unsafe Food in the Early 20th Century

 

This event is part of the Spirit & Place Festival. Event is free but requires advanced registration.

 

A quiz show about food additives, an exhibit of Indiana public health posters (some drawn by Indiana native Gaar Williams), and a discussion by Jeff Bennett of IUPUI’s School of Liberal Arts of two men who were instrumental in establishing the pure food and drugs laws, Dr. John Hurty, Indiana State Health Commissioner (1896-1922), and Dr. Harvey Wiley, Head of the US Bureau of Chemistry (1883-1912.)   Also, Stephen Jay, M.D., professor of Medicine and Public Health at Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health will discuss our nation’s history of food adulteration, his own work to spread awareness on Capitol Hill.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010, 2-4pm

6th Annual Wizards Academy

 

This program requires advanced registration.

 

Visit with magical creatures from the Indianapolis Zoo and explore the science behind your favorite wizard’s magical world through hands-on experiments! Parents are invited to attend a special presentation about encouraging early science education, while their young wizards are in class.


Recommended for grades 3-8. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite wizardly attire.

Register Here

 

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Wednesday, October 13 - Saturday, November 6, 2010

Analysis & Deduction:  The History of Forensic Criminology

 

This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.

 

Explore the history of how advancements in scientific knowledge have been used to identify remains, track down criminals, and solve crimes, including collection and analysis of fingerprints, documentation of crime scenes, estimating time of death, use of toxicology, and more!  Also compare the real science of forensic criminology to the fictional investigations of Sir Arthur Conana Doyle's well-known character, Sherlock Holmes.

 

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 4-5:15pm

Fall Forensics Lecture

Pathology & Forensic Science:  Then & Now

 

This event is free and open to the public.

 

At this year's Fall installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series, John E. Pless, M.D., retired Head of Forensic Pathology at Indiana University School of Medicine and current Indiana Medical History Museum Board President, will review the history and development of forensic pathology and discuss the ways advancements in science and technology have changed the field.

 

 

The Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS) was established in 2004 to help educate the public in the forensic sciences and related fields as well as to spotlight the fascinating stories that scientists have to tell. The lecture series is sponsored jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archeology & Forensics Laboratory.

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010 7pm

A Lady Alone

 

A one-woman play by N. Lynn Eckhert MD, Harvard Medical School with Linda Gray Kellet as Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman to receive a medical degree.

 

This performance is free but requires advanced regisration at faculty.medicine.iu.edu

 

Presented by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, the IUPUI Office for Women, and the Indiana University School of Medicine Library.

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Friday, August 6, 2010, 7pm

The Art and Life of John Zwara

 

This lecture is free and open to the public.  Seating is limited.

 

Rachel Berenson Perry, Fine Arts Curator at the Indiana State Museum will talk about the life and artwork of the Austrian-born water color painter John Zwara.  Zwara came to Indianapolis around 1933.  He was a wanderer and spent several years living on the streets of Indianapolis, selling his artwork in order to buy more painting supplies. A friend of Zwara’s, Alexander Vonnegut, recognized that he needed psychiatric help and arranged for his commitment to Central State Hospital in 1938. There he was diagnosed with dementia praecox (schizophrenia). Zwara spent six months at the hospital before his "escape." He died a pauper in 1951.

 

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Wednesday, August 4 – Saturday, October 9, 2010

John Zwara

 

This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.

 

Austrian-born water color painter, John Zwara, came to Indian-apolis around 1933. Zwara spent several years living on the streets of the city, selling his artwork in order to buy more painting supplies. A friend of Zwara’s, Alexander Vonnegut, recognized that he needed psychiatric help and had him committed to Central State Hospital in 1938. There he was diagnosed with dementia praecox (schizophrenia.) Zwara spent six months at the hospital before his escape. He died a pauper in 1951. This exhibit will feature many of his works that were completed at Central State and will also highlight what little is known of his fascinating life.

 

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Friday, June 5 – Saturday, July 31, 2010

Resurrectionists:  Body Snatching in Indiana

This exhibit was developed by the Indiana State Archives.

 

This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.

 

Explore the history of grave robbing in Indiana while learning new research skills from the Indiana State Archives!

 

In 1902, a series of grave robbings in Indianapolis prompted Detectives Adolph Asch and Chauncey Manning to begin an investigation of these mysterious disappearances. Their discovery and the media coverage that followed, led to the arrests of Rufus Cantrell, his “Gang of Ghouls,” and a number of Indianapolis physicians. It also led to the establishment of the State Anatomical Board and the Indiana State Anatomical Education Program, whose aim is to “ensure the quality of education for medical, dental, allied health students.”

 

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Saturdays from June 5 – September 25, 2010, 11am

Walking Tours of the Medicinal Garden

 

These tours are free and open to the public, but do not include a tour of the building.

 

The Indiana Medical History Museum is excited to offer new programming this spring and summer. Beginning in June, the museum will offer guided tours of our Medicinal Plant Garden. Each Saturday in June through September, a tour guided by one of our Master Gardeners will be offered at 11am. Tours will include information on plants in the garden, their past and current uses as remedies and their contributions to the growth of pharmaceutical science.

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Wednesday April 7 – Saturday, May 29, 2010

Great Apes:  The Biology & Culture of Our Closest Relatives

 

This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.

 

Apes are arguably the most recognizable animal in the world and are often in the top three attractions in zoos that keep them.  But they are also often misunderstood and misrepresented in popular culture.  In their best light, they are often depicted comically, wearing clothing, smoking cigars, or mimicking human beings in other ways.  At the other end of the spectrum, apes are often portrayed as violent and blood thirsty.  In reality, apes are complex, resourceful, social animals.  They are closely related to us and yet very different. 

 

By learning about their biology, culture, and behavior, we can develop a better understanding and appreciation for these incredible animals who share 95 to 98% of their DNA with us and get a unique insight into our own biology, culture, and behaviors.

 

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 4-5:15pm

Recovery and Analysis of Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas:  Non-Human Forensic Anthropology

 

This lecture will be given by Amandine Eriksen & Dr. Stephen Nawrocki. 

 

In the summers of 2008 and 2009, University of Indianapolis graduate student Amandine Eriksen and Dr. Stephen Nawrocki traveled to Rwanda, Africa as part of an international team assisting on the Mountain Gorilla Recovery and Preservation Project.  Gorillas that have died during the past 20 years represent a valuable scientific resource for conservationists trying to bring this endangered species back from the brink of extinction.  This presentation details the process of locating and excavating gorilla skeletons using archaeological methods and shows how forensic anthropology techniques developed for use on humans can be applied in very different contexts.

The Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS) was established in 2004 to help educate the public in the forensic sciences and related fields as well as to spotlight the fascinating stories that scientists have to tell. The lecture series is sponsored jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archeology & Forensics Laboratory.

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Wednesday, January 20 through Saturday, April 3, 2010                                                                   Rustic Remedies:  Cures from Granny's Garden

This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.

This exhibit highlights a few of the many medicinal plants that were available in Pioneer Indiana.  Learn more about these plants and their uses, and get a preview of the museum's own Medicinal Garden which is lovingly maintained by IMHM board member Kathleen Hull, M.D. and the Purdue Master Gardeners of Marion County.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009 10am-3pm
12 Free Days of Indy Christmas Open House                                          presented by the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association


This open house event is free to the public.
Come visit the nation’s oldest surviving pathology laboratory. Browse the museum and talk with our staff and volunteers from 10am to 3pm.

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Friday, November 6, 2009 through Saturday, January 15th, 2010
Temples of the Future: Laboratories of the 19th Century


This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.
The title is taken from Louis Pasteur’s 1878 statement: "Take interest… in those sacred dwellings called laboratories. Demand that they be multiplied…these are the temples of the future, temples of well-being and of happiness. There it is that humanity grows greater, stronger, better.” The exhibit will focus on the Old Pathology Building and other laboratories in the nation that were established around the same time; places that were created in the spirit of improving lives everywhere.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009 4-6pm

First Annual Glenn B. Mather, MD Lectureship*                                   

Old World Diseases in the Americas: The Plight of Native Americans and European Conquest presented by Dr. Mark Braun


This lecture is free and open to the public, but does require advanced registration.

When Christopher Columbus made landfall on that fateful day in 1492, he didn't discover a 'New World.'  Rather, he found an old and established world; one with people, societies and culture. What Columbus unknowingly did was create a new world by establishing a link between Europe and the Americas, a connection that proved to have apocalyptic significance for Native Americans. The purpose of this presentation is to provide an overview of the important infectious diseases that were so devastating to Native Americans following European and African contact.

Dr. Mark Braun received his undergraduate degree in biology from Purdue University in 1970. He attended Indiana University Medical School, graduating in 1975, and following medical school pursued a residency in pathology. After completing his residency, he joined the medical staff of Bloomington Hospital in Bloomington, Indiana, and began teaching part-time at the Indiana University School of Medicine. In 1994, he returned to school to get a masters degree in anthropology and in 1995 joined the faculty of Indiana University in a full-time capacity. His research interests include the study of Native American health issues, particularly the period of early European contact and the introduction of European infectious diseases into New World populations. He has published articles in the area of medical education as well as the field of diagnosis of human disease, including the identification of fragments of ancient tuberculosis DNA in Native American skeletal remains dating from 1000 AD. He has been recognized repeatedly for his teaching abilities.

*Respected pathologist and Indiana Medical History Museum Board member, Glenn B. Mather, MD, passed away in June of 2009. The Glenn B. Mather, MD Lectureship has been established in his honor.

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Friday, November 13, 2009 7-9:30pm
Temples of the Future: Laboratories of the 19th Century

Movie and Discussion
This Spirit & Place Festival event is free but requires advanced registration.

The film Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet will be shown in the amphitheater followed by a discussion about the contributions of laboratories, past and present, as well as their role as a supporter, or opponent, of social, political, and religious beliefs. The discussion will be lead by William Schneider PhD, Director of the Medical Humanities-Health Studies program at IUPUI and Richard Gregory, PhD Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the IUPUI School of Medicine.

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September 2- October 17, 2009
Disease & Tyranny: the Muncie Smallpox Epidemic of 1893


This exhibit is free with regular museum admission.
This exhibit about the Muncie, Indiana Smallpox Epidemic of 1892 was developed with the help of Kelly Hacker Jones, who received her masters degree in history at Ball State University and wrote a thesis on the same topic, entitled Vaccination: Who Should Decide When Doctors Disagree.

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Wednesday, October, 14, 2009 4-5:15pm
Fall Forensic Lecture


This lecture is free and open to the public.

Eleanor D. Kinney, JD MPH will reflect on the Muncie smallpox epidemic in 1893 and talk about current public health laws and the governments role in responding to bioterrorism, epidemics, and other health crises.


The Forensic Science Lecture Series (FSLS) was established in 2004 to help educate the public in the forensic sciences and related fields as well as to spotlight the fascinating stories that scientists have to tell. The lecture series is sponsored jointly by the Indiana Medical History Museum and the University of Indianapolis Archeology & Forensics Laboratory.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009 2-4pm
5th Annual Wizard’s Academy


This program requires advance registration. Children $6; Adults $4; max $20 per family.  Please note that registration is not confirmed until payment is received.

Visit with magical creatures from the Indianapolis Zoo and explore the science behind your favorite wizard’s magical world through hands-on experiments! Parents are invited to attend a special presentation about encouraging early science education, while their young wizards are in class.
Recommended for grades 3-8. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite wizardly attire.

Allergy Alert: Those allergic to latex products should be aware that latex balloons will be used in one experiment.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009, 4-5:30pm
The Pandemic Plus 90: 1919-2009


This lecture is free and open to the public.
The Indiana Medical History Museum is hosting this Marion County Historical Society program. The topic will be the influenza pandemic in Marion County, 1918-1919, and the possible return of a pandemic in 2009.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009, 6:30-8:30pm
IMHM celebrates the second printing of From Under the Cloud at Seven Steeples by Lucy Jane King, M.D.


This event is free and open to the public.
The IMHM will host a book signing by Dr. Lucy Jane King. At 7pm, Dr. Charles Hazelrigg will present Waiting for Anna: 1848-1900 at the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane, a pictorial early history of the hospital that awaited Anna Agnew’s admission in 1878. At 7:30pm, Dr. King will present Finding Anna: Researching Anna Agnew and her Personal Reminiscences of Insanity.
Dr. King will be available beginning at 6:30pm and after the presentations to sign copies of her book. Copies of the softcover book will be available for $18.00 at the museum.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 4-5:15pm
2009 Spring Forensic Lecture Series


This lecture is free and open to the public.
Raising the Dead: When Our Ancestors are Evicted will be presented by forensic anthropologist Stephen Nawrocki, Ph.D. of the University of Indianapolis. In 2007, the University of Indianapolis assisted in the excavation of 33 burials from the 19th century Wright Cemetery, located at the intersection of I-69 and I-465 on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Impending roadwork necessitated a wholesale removal of the cemetery. The University of Indianapolis Archaeology & Forensics Laboratory conducted a detailed analysis of the skeletons prior to their reburial. This lecture will detail the process and issues involved with a project of this nature.

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Saturday, December 20, 2008, 10am-3pm
IMHM Open House


Admission is free.
The Indiana Medical History Museum will have an “Open House” from 10am until 3pm. Full tours will not be given, but staff and volunteers will be stationed throughout the museum to answer questions. This event is part of the “12 Days of Christmas” sponsored by the Indiana Convention and Visitors Association. More information is available by visiting the ICVA website.

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Sunday, November 9, 2008, 2pm
Center for Bioethics and Center for Inquiry Panel Discussion


The museum will be partnering with the Center for Bioethics and the Center for Inquiry to host an extraordinary panel discussion or the Spirit & Place Festival. Panelists include Eric M. Meslin, Ph.D., Director, Indiana Center for Bioethics; Kimberly Quaid, Ph.D., Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics; and David Flockhart, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, IU School of Medicine. The topic of discussion will be The Ethics of Predictive Genetic Testing and the Search for Personalized Drugs.

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Sunday, October 26, 2008
Fourth Annual Wizards Academy


$6 for children; $4 for adults
Inspired by books about your favorite boy wizard, Wizards Academy is where students will learn science by exploring principles of physics, chemistry, and electricity. Costumed volunteers will conduct demonstrations in the Great Amphitheater. These demonstrations and a special visit from animals mentioned in the books will make this a fun and educational afternoon.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 4pm
Fall Forensic Lecture Series


This lecture is free and open to the public.
Presented by Jay Siegel, Ph.D., the Director of the Forensics & Investigative Sciences Program and the Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at IUPUI, will discuss The Role of Observer Bias in the Analysis of Pattern Evidence.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008
Extra Innings! Festival


Celebrate the Extra Innings! Festival on the grounds of the Indiana Medical History Museum, where some of the movie Eight Men Out was filmed. The day begins with a tour of Indianapolis sites used in the filming, including Bush Stadium. Afterwards you can watch vintage baseball games, hear baseball historians speak about the 1919 Black Sox scandal, then watch the film outdoors at dusk.

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Saturday, May 3, 2008
The Illustrious Clients of Indianapolis Meeting


Sherlock Holmes fans- The Illustrious Clients of Indianapolis, the city’s oldest Sherlock Holme’s society, will meet at the Indiana Medical History Museum, and you are welcome to join them. Please contact the Society to reserve your chair as this event is limited to those registered through it. Please let them know you heard about this event through the museum.
For more information: http://www.illustriousclients.org

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008, 3pm
Unearthing Belle: Exposing the World’s Most Prolific Female Serial Killer


This lecture is free and open to the public.
In 1908, LaPorte county resident Belle Gunness was found dead in her burned out house, along with the remains of her three children. In the investigation that followed, police discovered the bodies and dismembered remains of multiple victims buried on Belle’s farm. Questions have surrounded the identification of Belle’s body, which lacked a head. Did she fake her death, substituting a female victim for herself? Did she have an accomplice? Fearing the discovery of her crimes, did she skip town and live out her remaining days in California? For the first time, this famous case has been reopened by actual forensic scientists. Andrea Simmons, attorney and forensic anthropology student at the University of Indianapolis, will report some of her findings. She will describe her scrutiny of the historical documents and her 2007 examination and re-analysis of the body presumed to be Belle’s.

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March 2-April 2, 2008
Talking Heads: Coaxing Information from the Skull


This exhibit is free with regular admission.
This new exhibit focuses on examinations of the skull in medicine and anthropology, from obsolete notions to cutting edge research using novel technologies to gain new knowledge. The exhibit will also give examples of the skull in art and popular culture.
The opening program will feature Dr. Richard Ward, Professor of Anthropology and Dentistry at IUPUI, who will speak at 4pm on Sunday, March 2nd.

Discover the work of wandering artist John Zwara (1880-1951), whose schizophrenia diagnosis landed him at the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane in 1938.

 

             1:00-1:45 pm, Amphitheater

Former fine arts curator at the Indiana State Museum and a leading authority on John Zwara, Rachel Perry will acquaint visitors with the artist’s life and work.

 

2:15-3:00 pm, Amphitheater

Professor of art therapy at Herron School of Art and Design and a practicing clinician, Juliet King will place Zwara’s story in the context of the development of art therapy throughout the twentieth century until today.

 

Between presentations and after, visitors can view the   Indiana Medical History Museum’s John Zwara Collection in the upstairs exhibit hall.

 

Discover the work of wandering artist John Zwara (1880-1951), whose schizophrenia diagnosis landed him at the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane in 1938.

 

             1:00-1:45 pm, Amphitheater

Former fine arts curator at the Indiana State Museum and a leading authority on John Zwara, Rachel Perry will acquaint visitors with the artist’s life and work.

 

2:15-3:00 pm, Amphitheater

Professor of art therapy at Herron School of Art and Design and a practicing clinician, Juliet King will place Zwara’s story in the context of the development of art therapy throughout the twentieth century until today.

 

Between presentations and after, visitors can view the   Indiana Medical History Museum’s John Zwara Collection in the upstairs exhibit hall.

 

This event is presented by the Indiana Medical History Museum and

the IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design - Art Therapy Program

 

 

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