Museum of Osteopathic Medicine

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.- The Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM and A.T. Still Research Institute at A.T. Still University have received the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association (AAOA) Special Project’s Grant.

The Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM and the A.T. Still Research Institute (SRI) were awarded $2,000 for “The Legacy Project,” who purpose 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 Dr. Viola M. Frymann.

In early October, at the American Osteopathic Association’s annual conference in San Diego, Jason Haxton, museum director, met with three of the AAOA grant selection committee members. He was informed the museum’s work in preserving the history of the profession was unmatched, and it was with pride they supported the museum’s projects – this being the fifth grant the museum received from the AAOA.

“This grant from the AAOA Special Project committee will help further along our goal of collecting the history of those osteopathic physicians and researchers who have enriched the future of osteopathy,” says Debra Loguda-Summers, project director.

The AAOA Special Projects Committee awarded $12,000 to 12 different projects this year that aimed to support the osteopathic profession – the museum received the highest funding level.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine SM, Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, have partnered to develop a new digitization project documenting Missouri’s World War I history. 

“Over There: Missouri and the Great War” is a statewide, collaborative effort to place documents, photographs, artifacts and other media into a single digital archive.  The project partners received a Library Services and Technology Act Digital Imaging grant from the Missouri State Library for$47,803 to develop the project. The grant was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Said Debra Loguda-Summers, curator, “We welcome the chance to work with the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and the Missouri History Museum, St. Louis on this World War I project. Showing the role of osteopathy in World War I and examining the public and private collections in Northeast Missouri for artifacts that represent that period of time.”

Brian Grubbs, project director based at the Springfield-Greene County Library District, added, “We are very excited to work with the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine SM and the Missouri History Museum. Each of the partners has successfully completed digital imaging grants on Missouri history, and brings a vast knowledge to the table.”

The First World War reshaped much of the modern world, and Missourians actively contributed to various aspects of the war effort.  Missouri industries fulfilled military contracts to supply mules, munitions and other goods to Allied armies.

According to the Missouri State Archives, more than 156,000 Missourians served in the war.  Prominent Missourians who fought in the war include Gens. John J. Pershing and Enoch Crowder, the future President Harry S. Truman, and Walt Disney. The last surviving U.S. veteran from World War I, Frank Buckles, was a Missouri native. 

Later this summer, project partners will begin to canvas the state searching for WWI collections.  “Not only are we looking for material in museums, archives, and libraries,” Grubbs said, “but we will include private collections and family heirlooms in this project.” 

More information about how the public can contribute to the project will be made available in the coming months.    

This project seeks to enhance the understanding of Missouri’s role in the Great War in preparation for the centennial remembrance beginning in 2014.


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A generous grant of $142,776 from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, staff members at the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine and International Center for Osteopathic History will be able to effectively start Phase II of the categorization and cataloging of artifacts as they move toward a uniform inventory of their Osteopathic Heritage collection.

“Thanks to the IMLS Museums for America Grant funding we were able to hire additional staff for two years to process and make available online much of what was received from the ATSU Library’s Special Collections (received by the Museum in 1997), NCOH Collection, and incoming donations.

“The museum team did an excellent job on Phase I of this project,” said Museum Director Jason Haxton, M.A. “I am pleased to learn that our good work has been noted and rewarded to continue the comprehensive inventory work with additional funds to hire staff for two more years and continue on with Phase II.”

Located on the campus of A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo., the museum had applied for the grant for assistance in creating a completely uniform inventory of collection items. Staff members have planned a comprehensive inventory of all collections with digitized and scanned images, as well as online access to the inventory. This award is part of a multi-year project, with an ultimate goal of better serving the public, as well as seeking accreditation from the American Association of Museums.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced 160 awards totaling $18,777,552, matched with $32,007,711 of non-federal funds for Museums for America Program Grants. IMLS received 481 applications requesting $53,655,280 in funds.

“Congratulations to the Museums for America grantees. We are pleased to support museums through investments in high-priority, high value activities that benefit communities throughout the United States,” said Susan Hildreth, IMLS director. “These museums, small and large, will help to educate and inspire the public for years to come.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Earlier in the year, the Heritage Preservation Organization of Washington, D.C., awarded a $3,490 grant to the museum, which paid for a Conservation Assessment Program review. The museum received an extremely positive report from that assessment.


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KIRKSVILLE, MO. – Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine has been chosen to participate in the 2011 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). The Museum of Osteopathic Medicine joins 2,600 museums that have participated in CAP in its 21-year history of serving small museums.

Heritage preservation’s CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (ILMS). CAP assists museums by providing funds for professional conservation and preservations specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and recommends ways to correctly improve collections conditions. Heritage Preservation President Lawrence L. Reger praised the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine for “making the vital work of caring for its collections a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”

CAP provides a general conservation assessment of the museum’s collections. A professional conservator will spend two days surveying the site before preparing a comprehensive report identifying conservation priorities. The onsite consultation will enable the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine to evaluate its current collections’ care policies, procedures, and environmental conditions. The assessment report will help the museum make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range, and long-range care of its collections. “The museum has worked toward this professional review for almost 14 years since its last evaluation and is confident that the work accomplished will be evident in the new CAP report,” said Museum Director Jason Haxton.

Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs, and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for our endangered heritage.

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Museum of Osteopathic Medicine Director Jason Haxton and Viola Fryman, D.O.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Cranial Academy Foundation announced that funds were extended to the Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM and International Center for Osteopathic History to support the Viola Frymann Legacy Collection. The Frymann Legacy Collection is a collection of the life work of Viola Frymann, D.O., FAAO, FCA, a pioneer, innovator, advocate, and friend of the osteopathic profession for more than 50 years.

“There are few among us who are more worthy of high esteem and few who have such a distinguished body of work as the profession’s beloved Doctor Viola Frymann,” said Michael Lockwood, D.O., FCA, president of The Cranial Academy Foundation.

The Cranial Academy Foundation is dedicated exclusively to teaching, advocating, advancing osteopathic medicine, specifically osteopathic medicine in the cranial field. “It is distinctly our honor to aid in the research and advancement of the Osteopathic Paradigm and Sutherland concepts,” Dr. Lockwood said. “Members of the Board of Directors embrace the philosophy that serving is not an obligation or opportunity but a gift.”

The Viola Frymann Legacy Collection will consist of a two phase preservation effort. Phase I will entail the initial transfer, safe shipment of the cumulated works to the Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM in Kirksville, Mo. Phase II will assess, prioritize, and make Dr. Frymann’s singularly unique works available for education and research. The transfer and project will be facilitated and aided by Debra Loguda-Summers, curator of the International Center for Osteopathic History; Jason Haxton, director, Museum of Osteopathic MedicineSM; and Brian F. Degenhardt, D.O., director of the A.T. Still Research Institute in Kirksville, who will consult directly with Dr. Frymann regarding the substance of papers and artifacts to best understand the historical significance and the impact of this unique collection for our time and future generations.


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