George H. Rawls, MD

Jerome Adams, MD

Melody T. McCloud, MD

Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 7pm 

A PROFILE IN COURAGE, Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler: The 1st Black female physician in the US (1864)

Inaugural George H. Rawls, MD Memorial Lecture on the History of Minorities and Medicine

presented by Melody T. McCloud, MD with opening remarks by former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD

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About the Talk: While the Civil War raged in 1864, Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler became the first Black female physician in the United States. She graduated from, what is now, Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Melody T. McCloud brings Dr. Crumpler's courageous, trailblazing story forward, and shares its relevance to today's world and current medical workforce.

About the Speaker: Melody T. McCloud, M.D., Obstetrician-Gynecologist; Founder & Medical Director, Atlanta Women's Health Care, PC. Affiliated with Emory University Hospital Midtown.

About George H. Rawls, MD: George H. Rawls (1928-2020), MD, Indiana University Clinical Professor of Surgery and founding director of the Master of Science in Medical Science program at IU School of Medicine, was a pioneer for African American surgeons in the Indianapolis community and a lifelong advocate for advancing minority representation in medicine.

Dr. Rawls graduated valedictorian from Florida A&M University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology. He then attended Howard University Medical School, where he earned his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honors. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and completed his surgical residency at Ohio State University and a surgical internship at Philadelphia General Hospital.

In 1959 Dr. Rawls began his practice as a surgeon in Indianapolis, and after a distinguished 34-year career, he was appointed assistant dean of student affairs and clinical professor of surgery at IU School of Medicine. Dr. Rawls helped launch the Master of Science in Medical Science (MSMS) program in 1995 to support students from under-represented populations in medicine. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the MSMS pipeline program has graduated 469 students, with over 300 matriculating into medical school.

In 2001, Indiana University awarded Dr. Rawls an Honorary Doctor of Science degree to recognize his enduring efforts to increase representation of minorities in medical professions. A devoted student of history, Dr. Rawls’ most important contribution was the History of the Black Physician in Indianapolis, 1870 to 2000.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:30pm

Fall Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

Skeletal Pathology Across the Life Course in Historic Philadelphia

presented by Jared S. Beatrice, PhD

In November 2016, construction of a high-rise apartment building at 218 Arch Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania accidentally uncovered the historic burial ground (ca. 1702-1859) of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia. Excavations carried out over the following year ultimately recovered human skeletal remains representing nearly 500 individuals, in addition to associated funerary hardware and material culture. This presentation explores some of the preliminary results of the skeletal analysis, which is ongoing until the remains are reburied in 2023. The skeletal sample from the historic First Baptist Church cemetery includes fascinating examples of skeletal and dental pathology (including possible evidence of disease treatment), traumatic injury, and postmortem examination. Together, the stories from the skeletons provide a unique glimpse of life encumbrances—from birth to advanced age—in one of early America’s most important cities during the colonial and post-colonial periods.  

Registration for this virtual event will be available soon.

Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 2pm

Changing Direction: Adopting Trauma-informed Care in Indiana's State Hospitals 

a Spirit & Place Festival event

featuring Katrina Norris, executive director Indiana State Psychiatric Hospital Network (ISPHN); Norma Erickson and Sarah Halter of the Indiana Medical History Museum

Look at the historic therapeutic care used in the state’s psychiatric hospitals and compare this care to the newly integrated trauma-informed care model to see how much has changed. A partnership between Indiana Medical History Museum, Indiana State Psychiatric Hospital Network, and Mental Health America of Indiana.

Advanced registration is required for this VIRTUAL event.

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Friday, November 12, 2021 at 6pm

Changing Human Nature: Eugenics in Indiana 

a Spirit & Place Festival event

In this interactive session, IU professor Richard Gunderman takes us on a journey through the history of eugenics in Indiana and society’s misguided efforts to change human nature through science. A partnership between the Indiana Medical History Museum and IUPUI Chancellor’s Professor Dr. Richard Gunderman. 

Advanced registration is required for this VIRTUAL event.

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Sunday, August 8, 2021 at 2pm

Racing & Medicine Part III

presented by Norma Erickson

Join us for Part III of the Medicine & Racing Series presented by Norma Erickson.

C.B. Bohner, Chief Medical Officer of the Indianapolis 500 from 1952-1959, served during a challenging time in the race's history. He championed increased safety measures for the drivers and was often called upon to be Chief Comforting Officer. After he retired from medical practice, he moved to Husaca, Hidalgo, in Mexico where his adventures continued.

Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 5pm

Bookmark Indy Launch Event at the Indiana Medical History Museum

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 5:30pm

Gadgets & Gizmos VI

presented by Norma Erickson and Sarah Halter

Here's your chance to see historic medical artifacts that are usually hidden behind the scenes in storage. Learn the history of some of our staff members’ favorite Gadgets & Gizmos.

Recording coming soon.

Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 1:30pm

Voices from the Past: Storyteller Series at the Johnson County Museum of History

The Spanish Flu Pandemic in Indiana

presented by Sarah Halter

at the Johnson County Museum of History. 

Listen to part of Sarah's June 8th interview with Chris Wooldridge of KORN Country 100.3 in Franklin, Indiana. Click here.

Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 2pm

Annual Lande Family Lecture

Medical Education and Body Snatching in Indiana

presented by Sarah Halter

View the recording here.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 5pm

Spring Installment of the Forensic Science Lecture Series

Old Drug, New Issues - Cannabis and OWI in the Recreational Age

presented by Michelle Glinn, PhD F-ABFT 

Forensic toxicologist Michelle Glinn summarizes the history and legal climate of cannabis, its pharmacology, and the known effects on driving. This presentation discusses a typical OWI case and the limitations placed on court testimony when the incident happens in a state that has legalized recreational use of the drug.

View the recording here

Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2pm

Early Woman Physicians at Central State Hospital

presented by Sarah Halter

View the recording here.

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2pm

Annual John E. Pless, MD Memorial Central State Circle Lecture

Presidential Disabilities and Indiana's Role in the Crafting the 25th Amendment

presented by historian and IMHM Education Manager, Norma Erickson, MA and retired Indianapolis attorney Gary Shaw, JD

View the recording here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 7pm

Getting to the Heart of It

“I am compensated by allowing myself to believe that while the scientific man can tell you the exact size, location, pulse, musculature, and color of the heart, we emotionalists can find and touch it quicker.”

Join the Ray Bradbury Center and the Indiana Medical History Museum as we ponder the confusing and enticing properties of the human heart from both the scientific and emotionalist perspective.

View the recording here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 5:30pm

Gadgets & Gizmos V

Here's your chance to see historic medical artifacts that are usually hidden behind the scenes in storage. Guess what they are-- then learn the true story. This time, in addition to IMHM staff members, we have a third special guest presenter, William McNiece, MD.

View the recording here.

Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 2pm

19th Century Spiritualism and Medicine

Glenn B. Mather, MD Memorial Lecture and Annual Meeting of the Membership (virtual)

presented by R. Gregory Lande, DO

View the recording here.

Saturday, November 14,2020 at 12:30pm

Moral Treatment and the Indiana Hospital for the Insane

presented by Sarah M. Halter

part of the Spirit & Place Festival event  "Get A Grip: Get Connected to Resources, Information, and Professional Mental Health Care"

Monday, October 26, 2020 at 6pm

Virtual Book Event with Author and Librarian Megan Rosenbloom

We're proud to be working with our friends at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library at IUSM to bring you this virtual book event. Librarian and author Megan Rosenbloom will discuss her new book, Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin.

For more information about Megan Rosenbloom or her new book, check out the Ruth Lilly Medical Library blog here.

View the recording here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5pm

In Service to Our Military: Identification of Missing Service Members from Past Conflicts

IMHM Fall Forensics Lecture presented by the Indiana Medical History Museum in partnership with the University of Indianapolis Human Identification Center (formerly U of I Archaeology & Forensics Laboratory)


Sunday, August 9, 2020 at 2pm

"When Fate Overtakes a Race Driver": E. Rogers Smith, MD, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2nd Medical Officer

presented by Norma Erickson

View the recording here.

Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:30pm

Gadgets & Gizmos IV

presented by Norma Erickson and Sarah Halter

Here's your chance to see historic medical artifacts that are usually hidden behind the scenes in storage. Guess what they are-- then learn the true story!

"The Evolution of the Medical Instrument Trade" View the recording here.

"Betwixt Myth and Modernity: Aesclepius and his daughters meet scientific medicine" View the recording here.

Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 2pm

The 1918 Pandemic: Indianapolis Confronts the 1918 Spanish Influenza

presented by William McNiece, MD and Bill Beck both from the Marion County Historical Society

Watch the recording here.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Emerging Viruses and Pandemics: Lessons from HIV/AIDS

presented by William H. Schneider, Phd

Watch the recording here.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Annual Lande Family Lecture

Picturing Nightingale: How Visual Culture Assisted the Rise of Nursing Professionals

presented by Jane E. Schultz, PhD

Watch the recording here.

To see a list of other past events, click here.

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