Sunday, October 27, 2013

U.S. National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit will have its debut at Emma Waters Summar Library in early November

William P. Powell Jr., Aug. 1863/Courtesy National Archives, Washington, D.C.
Imagine looking into the eyes of someone who knows firsthand the challenges faced by those who experienced the American Civil War.

Now you can.

Next month, Emma Waters Summar Library will host the U.S. National Library of Medicine exhibit Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine.

Please take a moment to view our promotional video.

Courtesy Toronto Public Library, Abbott Collection

Turns out that Union's library will be the first to host the traveling exhibit, which will be on display from Nov. 2 through Dec. 14.

Developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, with research assistance from The Historical Society in Washington, D.C., the exhibit will be seen in 46 cities.

Through historical images and period documents, Binding Wounds explores the lives and experiences of surgeons Alexander T. Augusta and Anderson R. Abbott and nurses Susie King Taylor and Ann Stokes.

Curator Jill L. Newmark has this to say about the display: "Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries opens the door to this rarely studied part of history and brings a voice to those that have remained silent for nearly 150 years."

Find out more at the official homepage, created by the National Institutes of Health.

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