The Henkel Physicians
Generations of fathers and sons studied medicine after the Henkel family settled in New Market, Virginia in 1790. Over the course of their careers, these physicians ministered to their community, tended to their countrymen on the battlefield, and testified in the nation’s courts of law. The letters of the Henkel family richly document the daily life of men in medicine in the 19th century and reveal the challenges, rewards and responsibilities of the profession. Covering more than a century of life in the Shenandoah Valley, this exhibition features a selection of writings that cover local events, professional jealousies, the national crisis of the Civil War and the dramatic testimony of the Henkel physicians in a murder trial. Each letter vividly illustrates the writer’s personality and their experiences as physicians. The exhibit will be on display through November 16. A brochure is also available online which provides a synopsis of the exhibit.
Also known as the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, this exhibit provides a snapshot to the state of medical practice at the time. A timeline of medical milestones of the 1960's shows just how quickly medicine has advanced. A list of suggested etiquette for young female medical office assistants also demonstrates a societal change or two has taken place since the early sixties. The incredible Space Needle model is the creative genius of UW Posters staff who loaned us their work of art! This exhibit will be on display through the end of the year. Thank you to everyone!
Please take a couple of minutes to learn a little bit about two different periods in time and place. If you have ideas or suggestions for future exhibits, please let Lisa Oberg, Associate Director, Public & Research Services know!