It’s time for another new exhibit! Last week I helped to install an exhibit out at the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, on Medicines in the Civil War. NMCWM Educator, Kyle Wichtendahl, developed this exhibit, so my role was mainly to help choose the appropriate artifacts, and then to pack them and transport them to the Pry House.
So, now that the artifacts are ready to go, let’s take a look at some of the drugs which were used during the Civil War.
|One of the panels from the exhibit tells about some of the beneficial drugs of the time, such as opium and quinine, as well as some of the harmful drugs such as mercury and lead acetate. Examples of each of these are on display in this exhibit.|
|Also on display is my museum’s TV star – the bottle of silver nitrate which was featured on Mysteries at the Museum! You can see the post about that episode here. The large syringe on display behind the bottle would have been used to inject this medicine.|
|Our newest intern, Jennifer, was happy to assist with putting the artifacts on display!|
|Here, Kyle makes sure all the labels are placed correctly before we put the covers on the display cases.|
|And here’s the new exhibit!|
“Medicines in the Civil War” will be on display at the Pry House through 2015. Come by and see it if you get the chance!
Photos courtesy of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.