Thanks to the generous support of a Project Grant from Mass Humanities, museum staff and a group of student interns are undertaking a project to redesign and reinterpretation of the exhibits in the 2,182 square foot gallery of the Museum to help it communicate its mission more effectively, update the content, and reach out to a larger audience.
Current themes will be reworked to explore issues and how they relate to larger themes of the social history of public health in Massachusetts and contextualize the objects within the broader narrative of the evolution of public health, locally, nationally and globally. New museum collections will be integrated and interpretive labels will be written to allow visitors a more self-directed and individually-paced experience. The project will culminate with a grand opening celebration that will include significant efforts to engage new audiences. Grand opening date, TBA.
Student involvement has been paramount to the success of this project and we would like to thank our student interns and their advisors for their hard work and dedication.
L M Akhtar, BA, MA, PhD candidate in History of Science, Harvard University — Exhibit Coordinator. She holds a BA in History & Anthropology and Financial Economics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MA in Cultural History from the University of London. She worked as Director of Exhibits and Archives at the Museum of American Finance in downtown New York City from 2008 to 2011, where she managed a 12,000 item archive of documents and objects and the museum’s 10,000 square feet of gallery space.
David S. Jones, MD, PhD — Guest Curator. David is the A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the History of Medicine, jointly appointed at the History of Science and Global Public Health and Social Medicine departments at Harvard University.
Jeremy Greene, MD, PhD — Guest Curator. Jeremy is Assistant Professor of the History of Science and the Harvard Medical School Division of Pharmacoepidemiology, and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. H
Lisa Haushofer, MA, MD, PhD candidate in History of Science, Harvard University — Curator. Lisa has worked as a physician in Germany and holds an MA in the History of Medicine from University College London.
Cardin Kennedy, an undergraduate in Biology and Anthropology at Wellesley College.
Cara Kiernan Fallon, BA, MPH, PhD candidate in History of Science, Harvard University — Curator. Cara has earned an MA in Public Health from Yale and has interests in the history of disease.
Lauren Libby, an undergraduate in History, Literature, and History of Science at Harvard University.
Cameron Neilley, an undergraduate in History and Political Science at George Washington University.
Sara Schechner, AB, MPhil, AM, PhD. Sara is a graduate of the Harvard History of Science program. She is the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University. She has over 30 years academic and museum experience. In addition to exhibitions curated from the Historical Scientific Instruments collection, she has curated exhibits for the Smithsonian Institution, the American Astronomical Society, and the American Physical Society.