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A Note from the Library: Frederick Wood Jones’ “The Principles of Anatomy as Seen in the Hand”

The most remarkable aspect of this book is the fact that nearly half of the pages include some form of infant scribbling. Some scribbles are large and heavy, others tight and soft, but all include an unrestrained confrontation with motor development. I find it so fitting that the author and the scribbler both sought one in the same thing, through the same object—to better understand the hand. Continue reading A Note from the Library: Frederick Wood Jones’ “The Principles of Anatomy as Seen in the Hand”

Rotary International Continues their Support of “A World Without Polio,” through 2017

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-sectarian organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. Continue reading Rotary International Continues their Support of “A World Without Polio,” through 2017

The Eleanor Robinson Countiss House Celebrates its Centennial

This year, the Museum’s landmark property at 1524 N. Lake Shore Drive celebrates its Centennial. Throughout 2017, we will share monthly updates with readers of this blog – “deep dives” into the history of one of Chicago’s few remaining lake shore mansions, and its former occupants. At present, supporting research is being conducted by dual IMSS Collections Intern – Permanent Collection & Research Intern – Mansion History Abigail Klionsky. As an introduction to this work, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we know, and what we hope to learn. Continue reading The Eleanor Robinson Countiss House Celebrates its Centennial

Ongoing Library Conservation at the Thorek Medical Manuscripts and Rare Book Collection

Where state-of-the-art provisions may not always be affordable, or clash with other historic preservation concerns (historical architectural accuracy, material preservation, etc.), simple interventions and education can be a critical first step in preserving cultural heritage. With collections of books, this can be as simple as soft-packing or wrapping a volume in tissue, as we began to learn here at the Museum early last year. Continue reading Ongoing Library Conservation at the Thorek Medical Manuscripts and Rare Book Collection