museum logoThe Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM has received the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA) Special Project’s Grant for 2013-14.

The Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM was awarded $250 for the production of educational catalogues and a recycling bin for the museum’s Historic Medicinal Plant Garden. The catalogues will provide information on the value of nature as seen in the philosophies and history of osteopathy and the use of medicinal plants by early physicians. In addition, an educational worksheet, including a crossword puzzle, will be developed to encourage guests to interact with the garden while learning about how Midwestern American Indians and settlers used medicinal plants and how it they influenced the development of osteopathic medicine by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO.

In 2012, the AAOA awarded a $2,000 grant to the museum and A.T. Still Research Institute to preserve the stories, documents, and other meaningful information from many of the early osteopathic physicians and researchers whose careers significantly impacted the profession.

In early October, at the American Osteopathic Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nev., the advocates met to award the museum with funding to produce a garden catalogue and recycling bin for the Historic Medicinal Plant Garden.

AAOA raises funds each year through their OMED – AOA Still Fit for Life 5K Fun Run/Walk event to support a wide range of needs in the osteopathic community. This year the organization raised $15,000.

“AAOA has proven to be a key supporter and friend to the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine(SM). The museum has received six awards from the AAOA Special Project Fund over the last 12 years.  We are pleased that the medicinal garden, known as a place of spiritual healing and learning, will be improved by this year’s grant,” said Museum Director Jason Haxton.