At the Museum
I am the Director of Public Programs at the Indiana Medical History Museum, formerly the Pathological Department of Indiana’s Central State psychiatric Hospital. The museum is devoted to preserving and interpreting the history of scientific medicine in Indiana.
At the IMHM I recruit and train volunteer docents, manage web content and social media, and arrange events, programs, and talks related to medical history. I regularly give special topics for students for the general public.
“Women in Medicine: Doctors, Nurses, Midwives, and Healers”
“Eugenics and Psychiatry in Indiana”
“The History of the Mental Hospital”
“Pull, Probe, Shock, Buzz! Unusual Artifacts at the Indiana Medical History Museum”
I directed the following programming initiatives and exhibits at the IMHM:
Built in the 1840s to treat people diagnosed with mental illness, Indiana’s Central State Hospital closed in 1994 after a spate of scandals regarding patient neglect. “Leaving Home” explores the hospital’s final years (1988-1994) through two patient-produced newsletters, The DDU Review and The Local Bahr. These sources provide a rich narrative guide to patients’ lives at Central State during the era of deinstitutionalization.
(With Tracy Tucciarone) Lobotomy: Intentions, Procedures, Effects (September-November 2015)
For most of us, the idea of lobotomy triggers revulsion. But what were the intentions behind it? Why did it become such a widespread psychiatric treatment in the mid-20th century? This exhibit explores the history of lobotomy and features a skull and leucotome that model the transorbital lobotomy procedure.