Rare Books Conservation Workshops
Sunday, March 25, 2018; Sunday, April 22, 2018; Sunday, May 20, 2018
10:00AM – 4:00PM
This Spring, The International Museum of Surgical Science (IMSS) opens its Thorek Medical Manuscripts and Rare Books Collection for 3 Book Conservation Workshops, bringing together 12 volunteers per session interested in basic conservation principles, condition reporting, cataloging and applied conservation. Under the direction of the IMSS Curator, Monica Stokes, Thorek Library Conservation Intern Sally Monroe and using methods developed for the Museum by London-based conservation enthusiast Laura Chaillie, volunteers will be given unprecedented access to over 1,000 rare books to log and “soft pack” for long-term storage.
With these workshops, IMSS seeks to emphasize the Museum as a leader in creative solutions to core problems facing collections at organizations of its type and scale while creating opportunities to educate the public and invest in Chicago’s community of museum enthusiasts by teaching from its collections.
This program is free and open to 12 committed volunteers per session. Volunteers who are able to commit to more than one session are encouraged to do so. Registration opens on a first come first serve basis. Volunteers who register are committing to volunteer for the full 10AM-4PM day. Access to a Smart Phone is required (free WiFi is provided). A light breakfast is provided. Volunteers break for lunch and are encouraged to bring their own midday provisions.
#HISTMED Lecture Series: Robert G. Dorfman, Northwestern University
Saturday, April 28, 2018
1:00PM – 2:00PM
“Ether Day: How the Discovery of Anesthesia in 1846 Changed Surgery Forever”
Join us for a lunchtime lecture on the history of Anesthesia with Robert G. Dorfman of Northwestern University.
Robert holds dual degrees in History and Medicine and was educated at the University of Oxford, as well as Northwestern, where he was admitted to medical school at the precocious age of 18 through the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME). Robert has published numerous peer-reviewed papers in both top medical and history of medicine journals, and has presented research nationally and internationally as far as China. He enjoys making sense of modern medicine from a historical context, and likes to share his findings with others.
Morbid Curiosities: Live Anatomical Theatre
Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 & Thursday, May 10, 2018
6:30PM – 8:30PM
The International Museum of Surgical Science is pleased to present Dr. Pembroke’s Anatomical Theatre. Enter the anatomical theatre of Dr. James D. Pembroke, a doctor and surgeon working in 18th century Britain, and watch as he performs a gruesome trephining surgery on a live patient. Period tools will be used and discussed in this demonstration which is not for the faint of heart. Dare to ask the doctor questions about his techniques after his surgery and view the International Museum of Surgical Science exhibitions after-hours.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, performance begins at 7:00 pm. Enjoy refreshments and browse the Museum after the performance until 8:30 pm.
Recommended for ages 18 and up. Accessible entrance and seating available.
Opening Reception and Curator Talk: “FLUX: Responding to Head and Neck Cancer”
Friday, May 18, 2018
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Free and Open to the Public. For more information visit FLUX: Responding to Head and Neck Cancer.
Exhibition Symposium: “Undergoing FLUX: Art-Medicine Collaborative Practice”
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10:30AM – 3:00PM
The International Museum of Surgical Science, in accordance with the exhibition, “FLUX: Responding to Head and Neck Cancer,” is pleased to host a public symposium on the promise of interdisciplinary, art-medicine collaborative practice.
Contact our Museum Programming and Events Department at 312-642-6502 ext. 3118, or email@example.com.