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How Did President Garfield Die? [Part 4]

Date posted: September 15th, 2016

Continuing our series on Garfield’s death – join us for the talk Thursday.

Thursday: (Harper’s Weekly)
On September 19, 1881, President Garfield died in a New Jersey seashore cottage. …Read more.

How Did President Garfield Die? [part 3]

Date posted: September 14th, 2016

Continuing our series on Garfield’s death–join us for the talk Thursday, and read more at the Plain Dealer, cleveland.com!
Wednesday: (Harper’s Magazine, Volume 25, 628)
On September 17, 1881, Harper’s Weekly published these scenes with the following titles: “Removing the President from the White House” and “Removing the president from the Express Wagon to the Railway car.” He had already been bedridden some time and through the hottest months. …Read more.

How Did Garfield Die? (part 2)

Date posted: September 13th, 2016

Continuing our series from Monday–come hear more at Thursday’s EVENT!
Tuesday: (Picture source: Kouwenhoven, John Atlee. Adventures of America, 1857-1900: A Pictorial Record from Harper’s Weekly. …Read more.

How Did President Garfield Die??

Date posted: September 12th, 2016

Have you ever wondered? President Garfield felled–but not by a bullet!

On July 2, 1881, President James Garfield was shot by a disgruntle federal job seeker, Charles Guiteau. …Read more.

Mixers and Conversations: New Year of Events to kick off!

Date posted: August 18th, 2016

It’s almost September, and the Dittrick has launched our latest series of events–with a brand new kind of get-together: Museum Mixers!
Do you love CONVERSATIONS? Those mad-cap history talks and round-tables have been a great hit (see last year’s line up and videos). …Read more.

Animating Old Photos–the work of Alexey Zakharov

Date posted: April 7th, 2016

Today, we would like to share a bit of history-wow. It’s a short film titled “The Old New World” by photographer and animator Alexey Zakharov of Moscow, Russia. …Read more.

For the LOVE of Medical History

Date posted: April 3rd, 2016

For our final #MuseumWeek post we’re talking about why we LOVE medical history and why we hope that love is contagious! #loveMW

It’s not uncommon for the Dittrick Medical History Center to be referred to a bit like a cabinet of curiosities,  a niche museum, or perhaps more kindly, a “hidden treasure.” Although we’ve always worked to make collections accessible and major public engagement efforts are underway, we still often have to make the case for the (sometimes not so) implicit question “Why should I care about medical history?”
The answer tends to go a little like this:
Medical history is the history of how we come into the world. …Read more.

#ZoomMW! Focus on Forensics

Date posted: April 2nd, 2016

For today’s Museum Week post, we #Zoom in on the forensic collection of John George Spenzer–with the help of research assistant Elizabeth Fregaso. What she has discovered about our erstwhile toxicologist attests to the power of minutia, not only in solving crimes, but also in the day-to-day life of Cleveland’s “Sherlock.”
Elizabeth Fregaso, Case Western Reserve University
Born in 1864, Spenzer (fellow with the cane) had quite the drive to achieve, even from a young age. …Read more.

Embracing Digital History: How Medicine Became Modern

Date posted: April 1st, 2016

It’s #FutureMW for Museum Week! Where do we hope to go in the future? The Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, in collaboration with design partners and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, presents: How Medicine Became Modern, an innovative new way to explore the artifacts, people, and stories behind the great innovations of our age! …Read more.

Heritage! Dittrick celebrates MuseumWeek with WWI Lakeside Unit

Date posted: March 31st, 2016

It’s #heritageMW this Thursday, and the Dittrick has a lot to celebrate! Cleveland’s Humanities Festival kicks off next week with the theme Remembering War, and the Dittrick will host an April 7th guest talk by Heather Perry: “Feeding War: Gender, Health, and the Mobilized Kitchen in WWI Germany.” In addition to this event, the museum will open a temporary exhibit on the Lakeside Unit, Base Hospital No. …Read more.

Architecture! Designing for Health in the Early 20th Century

Date posted: March 30th, 2016

It’s #MuseumWeek, where museums around the world take to Twitter in a behind-the-scenes look at collections! Today’s theme is architecture. Follow us here on the blog, on Twitter and on Instagram all week to keep up with each event! …Read more.

The People Behind (and in) the Museum

Date posted: March 29th, 2016

It’s #MuseumWeek, where museums around the world take to Twitter in a behind-the-scenes look at collections! Today’s theme is people. Follow us here on the blog, on Twitter and on Instagram all week to keep up with each event! …Read more.

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