HOW MEDICINE BECAME MODERN: Technology in Museums and Education

Oct 13-14, 2017, Dittrick Medical History Museum

The Dittrick staff welcome your attendance to a Symposium, October 13-14, 2017, on the role of technology in museums and education. The Symposium will mark the official Grand Opening of the How Medicine Became Modern digital exhibition wall, a touch-screen interactive that previews the collection through stories and images. We will open the Symposium with a lecture by We will open the Symposium with a lecture titled “Medical Museums and the Digital Turn” by Lisa O’Sullivan, PhD who serves as Vice President and Director of the Library and Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine.  The Symposium will begin the following day, with morning talks dedicated to the use of digitization and interactives at the Dittrick Museum, as well as a presentation of Case Western Reserve University’s HoloLens project and its impact on medical education. A catered lunch will be followed by an afternoon at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History where participants will tour the new Human Health Galleries and learn about the Centennial Campaign to transform CMNH galleries. The Symposium will end with dinner for all registrants in the Powell Room of the Allen Memorial Medical Library. For those staying in town, we welcome you to join Sunday tours of local museums and societies. For more information, contact James Edmonson or Brandy Schillace.

REGISTER NOW! Please note that for regular attendees there is a separate page for payment and registration

Regular registration, and Payment includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner: $55

Student registration, includes lunch: FREE WITH STUDENT ID


Courtyard Cleveland University Circle
2021 Cornell Road  Cleveland  Ohio  44106  USA

Located in the heart of University Circle, our Cleveland hotel is within walking distance to University Hospital and Case Western Reserve University.The Dittrick Museum has negotiated a rate of $159.00 per single room, with 50% off parking at $10.00. A block of 30 rooms has been reserved for conference guests. Additional hotels (without negotiated room rates) appear below; both are within reasonable walking distance of the museum.

The Glidden House
1901 Ford Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland – a DoubleTree by Hilton
10660 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44106


FRIDAY, Oct 13th



“Medical Museums and the Digital Turn.”
Zverina lecture/Symposium keynote [open to public] in Ford Auditorium, Allen Library
Lecture by Lisa O’Sullivan, PhD who serves as Vice President and Director of the Library and Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine


Post lecture reception (light fare, beer, wine) [open to public] in the Dittrick Gallery with the How Medicine Became Modern exhibit. Dinner will be on your own at one of University Circle’s many restaurants. Several within walking or short travel distance include:

  • L’Albatros (French cuisine, University Circle)
  • Trentina (Upscale Northern Italian, University Circle)
  • Happy Dog/Euclid Tavern (Beer, live music, hot dogs, University Circle)
  • Washington Place Bistro (French fusion, Little Italy)
  • Mia Bella (Traditional Italian, Little Italy)
  • Barrios (Signature tacos, Cedar/Fairmount)
  • The Fairmount (Cocktails, light fare, Cedar/Fairmount)
  • Nighttown (Continental cuisine, jazz, Cedar/Fairmount)

SATURDAY, Oct 14th


[The following morning program to be held at Dittrick Museum in the Allen Memorial Medical Library]


Continental breakfast and coffee/tea in the museum


How Medicine Became Modern: from concept to installation
James Edmonson, Chief Curator, and Brandy Schillace, Sr. Research Associate (and panel discussion with reps from Blue Cadet and Zenith Systems and project photographer Laura Travis).


Small scale interactives for the small museum
Catherine Osborn, CWRU Anthropology graduate student

Digitizing and cataloging medical artifact collections
Jennifer Nieves, Archivist and Museum Registrar, and Laura Travis, Photographer and Image Collection Manager




Microsoft HoloLens in the CWRU and CCF medical curricula
Mark Griswold, Professor of Radiology


LUNCH: Box lunch in Powell Room


[The afternoon program will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History]

Welcome by Nicole Burt, Ashley Hall, of CMNH, who will discuss their Centennial Campaign (a major transformation of the museum galleries)

Tour of Hamann-Todd human osteological collection
Lyman Jellema, Collections manager
Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Curator of Physical Anthropology

Digital Medical Distance Learning (tour of the interactive video conferencing studio)
Lee Gambol, Digital Learning Coordinator


Health displays in the new CMNH galleries, Department of Human Health and Evolutionary medicine
Nicole Burt, Curator of Human Health and Evolutionary Medicine (CMNH)




DINNER: Washington Place Bistro (meet at Courtyard Marriot for shuttle)

SUNDAY, Oct 15th

We recommend those staying in town through Sunday take advantage of the excellent museums and facilities here in Cleveland! We list several below, but there are many other institutions, including botanical gardens and greenhouses, the police and fire museum, and more.

Cleveland Museum of Art

Internationally renowned for its substantial holdings of Asian and Egyptian art, the museum houses a diverse permanent collection of more than 45,000 works of art from around the world. The CMA houses a unique digital exhibit called Gallery One, newly renovated. The goal of the Exhibition is to be an experiential gallery that puts the viewer into conversation with masterpieces of art, encouraging engagement on a personal, emotional level.

Hours: 10AM-5PM
11150 East Blvd, University Circle
Cost: Free
Parking: Behind CMA in the garage

Cleveland History Center (WRHS)

The Cleveland History Center (Western Reserve Historical Society) houses exhibits that tell the story of Northeast Ohio through items, documents and artifacts from a variety of collections. Through the use of its vast and varied collections in the areas of family history, community history, entrepreneurship, and technological innovation, Cleveland History Center provides the public with a much-needed sense of place in today’s mobile society, and a base for learning about invention and ingenuity that can be transferred into modern economic expansion.

Hours: Noon-5PM
10825 East Blvd, University Circle
Cost: $10.00
Parking: Behind CHC off Magnolia Drive

MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) plays an urgent and exciting role in the city’s cultural landscape. As a non-collecting institution and the region’s only contemporary art museum, MOCA is ever-changing, introducing new exhibitions three times a year and creating fresh experiences for visitors each season. Since its founding in 1968, MOCA has presented the works of more than 2,000 artists to our region, often through artists’ first solo shows.

Hours: 11AM-5PM
11400 Euclid Avenue, University Circle
Cost: $9.50
Parking: Local meter

Great Lakes Science Center

The Great Lakes Science Center is a museum and educational facility in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Many of the exhibits document the features of the natural environment in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The facility includes signature (permanent) and traveling exhibits, meeting space, a cafe, and an IMAX Dome theater.

Hours: Noon – 5PM
Meet at:
601 Erieside Ave, Cleveland, main entrance
Cost: $15.00
Parking: Attached 500-car parking facility. Enter on the Science Center’s west side facing FirstEnergy Stadium

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll.

Hours: 10AM-5:30PM
Meet at:
1100 Rock and Roll Blvd, Cleveland, Main Lobby
Cost: $23.50
Parking: Parking in the Great Lakes Science Center earns you a 2$ discount from the Rock Hall main lobby (see above)