Museum adds medical exhibit

The Augusta Museum of History has added a couple of new exhibits.

A Community That Heals exhibit opened Jan. 16 and chronicles 200 years of medicine in the area, said Rebekah Henry, marketing and membership manager for the museum.

"It's a stellar exhibit," she said. "It shows the way health care in Augusta and the CSRA has transformed over the years. It also focuses on the speciality areas that this area has been adept in providing."

The exhibit, which is a permanent addition to the museum, includes artifacts from area hospitals, a uniform from Barrett's School of Nursing and images from the 1960s, when the nursing schools were integrated.

The museum is also home to a temporary panel exhibit, The Age of Progressive Reform: Creating Modern America 1900-1917, which opened Jan. 13.

"Different things, including letters, cartoons and ads, were used to change the public's perception of a particular topic or issue," Ms. Henry said. "This panel exhibit pulls together primary resources from the progressive era."

The exhibit is sponsored by the Richmond County Board of Education's Teaching American History Grant and was created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

To complement the exhibit, the museum is showing American History Through Southern Eyes: Making a Modern South in its history theater through Saturday. The exhibit will close Sunday.

The museum's Campaigning for the Presidency exhibit, which opened in September, will also close Sunday.

"This is a micro exhibit that was put together by our curator," Ms. Henry said. "It essentially explores presidential politicking from a campaign point of view. It shows how candidates have vied for people's votes over the years."

The exhibit includes campaign material from William McKinley, Dwight Eisenhower, Geraldine Ferraro, the Clintons and President Obama.

"We figured the exhibit was very appropriate, given that it was an election year," she said. "We wanted to keep it up through election day and inauguration. It has been well received and very popular with our patrons."

Visit www.augustamuseum.org for more information about current and upcoming exhibits at the Augusta Museum of History, its hours and admission prices.

Reach Nikasha Dicks at (706) 823-3336 or nikasha.dicks@augustachronicle.com.


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