Museum of Osteopathic Medicine

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – World War I, the world’s first global conflict from 1914-18, was a major turning point in human history in which Missourians played an active role.

Libraries, museums, and archives across the state are working on a project to share this part of Missouri’s history on a free, online website called “Over There:  Missouri and the Great War.”

“Over There” began in 2012 with the support of five partners: the Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM, Kirksville;  the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis; the National World War I Museum, Kansas City; the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia. In April, project staff learned they were awarded two major grants from the Missouri State Library that will help see the project to completion. “Over There” was awarded a $73,974 Digital Imaging Grant and a $34,704 Technology Ladder Grant. The grants will allow project staff across the state to continue scanning WWI documents and photos, and to build an interactive website.

“The additional grant funding provides us an opportunity to work with many new partners in Missouri,” said Brian Grubbs, the Springfield-Greene County Library District based project director. “We are very excited to expand online access to these collections, and to promote our shared history.”

When completed, the website will feature a single, digital collection of documents, photographs, artifacts, and memorabilia illustrating the effect WWI had on Missouri and the impact of Missourians’ contribution to the war effort.

The project started in preparation for the centennial remembrance beginning this year, and has been completed in multiple phases. A small sample of the full site to be launched in 2015 is available at www.missourioverthere.org.

Project partners have placed nearly 6,000 pages of WWI documents and photographs online already, and the new grants will bring 7,317 more online. To date, 28 institutions have collaborated on the “Over There” project. Museum Director Jason Haxton said, “The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine has been pleased to share with this site the significant contributions made by early osteopathic physicians to provide quality healthcare during this major war effort.”

Contributing institutions beyond the project partners include Arnold Historical Society & Museum; Bates County Historical Society & Museum, Butler; Carondelet Historical Society, St. Louis; Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives; Gardner House Museum, Palmyra; Gasconade County Historical Society, Hermann; General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site, Laclede; Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence; Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, St. Louis; Jasper County Records Center, Carthage; Kansas City Public Library, Missouri Valley Room; Kirkwood Historical Society; Lindenwood University, St. Charles; Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City; Missouri State Museum, Jefferson City; Museum of Missouri Military History, Jefferson City; National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis; Powers Museum, Carthage; Saint Louis Art Museum; Saint Louis University Archives & Manuscripts; Truman State University Special Collections & Archives, Kirksville; University of Missouri-Kansas City Special Collections; University of Missouri Rare Book and Special Collections, Columbia; Walt Disney Hometown Museum, Marceline; and Washington University School of Medicine, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Archives and Rare Books, St. Louis.


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The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine(SM) and International Center for Osteopathic History was awarded a $5,998 grant from National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to host an emergency preparedness workshop.  The training workshop will be held at the museum and will be open to libraries, archives, and historical societies/museums from the state of Missouri and surrounding states. The training program will prepare participants to develop a disaster plan, demonstrate salvage techniques, review systems created by FEMA, and provide guidance on creating an emergency/disaster response team. The training will conclude with a hands-on, mock salvage operation.

“A natural disaster, as we’ve experienced with the A.T. Still Memorial Library flood, or have seen caused by Hurricane Katrina in the south, can occur within minutes, and the results can wipe out a community’s collected artifacts and other historic materials forever.  I am excited about the NEH grant that will fund the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine(SM) to share expertise by professionals who have been through the worst with our Missouri colleagues who are charged with protecting our heritage.  In addition, the museum will be able to physically prepare for a variety of disaster scenarios using some of the NEH grant to purchase disaster supplies to protect our unique osteopathic collections,” said Museum Director Jason Haxton, MA.

Having a formal disaster plan is also an expectation of the accreditation process, which the museum is seeking through the American Alliance of Museums.

“The NEH is proud to fund the nation’s finest humanities projects,” said NEH Deputy Chairman Carole Watson. 

NEH awards were given to institutions and independent scholars in 43 states and the District of Columbia.


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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.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. –The Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM, located on the A.T. Still University (ATSU) campus, announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. More than 1,800 museums across America will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

Museum Director Jason Haxton shared, “ATSU receives the most military scholarships of any MD or DO school, and we are pleased to support our military students, their families, and colleagues by enrolling in the Blue Star Program — providing free museum access. The Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM encourages all to come see the exhibits and read about our unique form of American medicine protected by the military branch services.”

“Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 1,800 museums ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.”

“Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year, and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and museums across the United States, service members and their families can connect with our national treasures with this unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”

This year, museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 450 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Association of Museums, Association of Art Museum Directors, Association of Children’s Museums, American Association of State and Local History, and Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 75 children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum in Northport, Mich., the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan, Ala., and the World Museum of Mining in Butte, Mont.

The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM and the A.T. Still Research Institute (SRI) at A.T. Still University have been awarded $7,200 for “The Legacy Project.” The purpose of the project is to systematically capture video recordings and stories from osteopathic physicians and researchers whose careers significantly impacted the osteopathic profession through their leadership, clinical skill, teaching, mentorship, and research.

In 2011, the Cranial Academy Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the museum and SRI to preserve the stories, documents, and other meaningful information regarding the work of Viola M. Frymann, DO, FCA, FAAO.

“This additional grant from the Osteopathic Cranial Academy Foundation will help further our goal of collecting the history of those osteopathic physicians and researchers who have enriched the future of osteopathy,” said Debra Loguda-Summers, project director.

“I am saddened to learn that one or more great osteopaths have passed away each month. These dedicated professionals have contributed to the science of osteopathic medicine while helping those who suffer. The goal of ‘The Legacy Project ’is to preserve the knowledge, skill and history of these amazing healthcare leaders and healers for future generations.” said Jason Haxton, MA, museum director.


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