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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2010) – Secretary of State Robin Carnahan today announced that the Missouri State Archives, a division of her office, awarded a $1,042 grant to the Still National Osteopathic Museum and International Center for Osteopathic Health History.

The grant will be used to purchase specialized equipment to help ensure that the museum’s nearly 30,000-item collection is preserved. The museum houses artifacts and documents, such as historical osteopathic records, journals and books, which help recount the story of osteopathic medicine. From 2008-2009, about 7,900 people visited the museum, which is located in Kirksville, and 23,600 people visited the museum’s website (www.atsu.edu/museum).

“Missouri’s remarkable history needs to be preserved for future generations,” Carnahan said. “I am pleased to support local institutions across the state in their efforts to protect and make available the records of our past.”

The grant to the Still National Osteopathic Museum and International Center for Osteopathic Health History is part of $65,000 awarded to the Missouri State Archives by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to promote the preservation and availability of Missouri’s historical records. The majority of these funds have been awarded to local and regional institutions across the state for preservation and access projects.

“The funding to purchase an additional hygrothermograph is extremely timely, as the museum has expanded its collection space by 3,000 square feet in the last few months,” said Jason Haxton, director of the Still National Osteopathic Museum. “This purchase will help us measure and record the atmospheric humidity and temperature of the new space to better protect the historical collections unique to the founding of osteopathic medicine in northeast Missouri.”

Any public or private records repositories across the state that care for documents of significant historical value could have requested funds for records management and preservation projects. The projects include conservation services, consulting, indexing and describing collections, and the purchase of archival supplies and equipment. Grant recipients have one year to complete their projects and submit reports of their results.

Since 2001, similar grants totaling more than $560,000 have been awarded to Missouri’s historical records repositories through the Missouri Historical Records Grant Program (MHRGP). To learn more about the grant program, visit www.sos.mo.gov/archives/mhrab/guidelines.asp.

For more information about this grant, contact Debra Loguda-Summers, curator of the Still National Osteopathic Museum-International Center for Osteopathic History, at 660.626.2359 or dsummers@atsu.edu.

To find out more about Missouri’s Secretary of State’s office, visit www.sos.mo.gov.


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NEH logoThe Still National Osteopathic Museum announced that their final grant for 2009 is a $6,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

NEH is an independent grant-making federal agency dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. The funds will be used for shelving to house artifacts and museum records. NEH awarded $20 million to more than 300 projects in 2009. This is the first year that the grant was awarded to the museum.

Jason Haxton, director of the Still National Osteopathic Museum, is pleased with the first-time award. “The NEH looks for ways to preserve culture and history across the United States,” he said. “For us, it gives shelving to house about 10,000 artifacts, covering about 1,500 square feet of much needed space.”

In all, the museum received a total of eight grants in 2009, totaling more than $205,000. These funds cover numerous expenses from preservation to restoration and storage.

“We have a wonderful ATSU (A.T. Still University) grant department,” Haxton said. “Their work with the museum curator is the reason that we are so successful.”

In addition to the 2009 grants, the museum received more than $100,000 of donations. These funds are being used to expand the museum galleries and to archive, catalog, and house the always growing collection.

“We hope to have one-third of our collection archived online by the end of 2010,” Haxton said. “It will allow outsiders to use us as a real resource of Osteopathic history without having to make the trip.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extend hours on Thursday until 7 p.m., and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. To find out more, visit www.atsu.edu/museum.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.


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IMLSKIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Still National Osteopathic Museum and the A.T. Still Memorial Library received its second Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant in two years. The $30,577 grant will primarily be used to provide digitalized historic materials online that follow the growth of the founding institution of osteopathic medicine and additional papers of Andrew Taylor Still, M.D., D.O., the founder of osteopathy.

These handwritten papers document the early development of the osteopathic medical profession in rural northeast Missouri. Dr. Still (1828-1917) founded the American School of Osteopathy in 1892 in Kirksville (now A.T. Still University, a health sciences university comprised of five schools), significantly advancing healthcare beyond the standard American medical practice of his day. The digitalization project expands access to this historic collection by significantly increasing the services provided to academic scholars, physicians, researchers, students, the public, and libraries throughout Missouri and the far reaches of the Internet.

In January 2009, the museum and library received its first $38,761 LSTA grant to begin the transcription and digitalization process of Dr. Still’s personal and professional writings, many of which were unpublished at the time. According to Debra Loguda-Summers, museum curator and project director, more than 700 pages of Dr. Still’s documents were made available online at the Missouri Digital Heritage website, sponsored by Missouri State Archives and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

The museum’s most recent grant begins February 1. “The next stage of our work on this grant will cover the early growth and administration of the founding school in Kirksville,” said Museum Director Jason Haxton. “We will use the earliest board minutes, legal documents, and letters surrounding our university’s growth from a two-room school house into a national academic institution.”

This phase of the project is expected to take a year to complete and is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Still National Osteopathic Museum collects, preserves, and makes available artifacts and related materials to communicate the history and philosophy of osteopathic medicine to a global audience. The museum is headquartered on A.T. Still University’s Missouri Campus in Kirksville and is the only museum dedicated to the national history of osteopathic medicine.

The A.T. Still Memorial Library includes more than 80,000 volumes and more than 4,500 audiovisual items supporting education in the clinical and basic sciences at A.T. Still University. The library also serves the general public.

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.


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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (Oct. 27, 2007) – The Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association recognized A. T. Still University faculty and alumni during its award luncheon and assembly meeting at the American Osteopathic Association Conference on October 1 in San Diego, Calif. 

Jason Haxton, M.A., director of Still National Osteopathic Museum, was presented with the KOAA Honorary Membership Award. This award, established in 1948, recognizes individuals who have rendered meritorious service to osteopathic education. Haxton’s position with the museum allows him the opportunity to preserve the artifacts and history of the osteopathic medical profession.

Ron Winkler, president of Winkler Communication Services, which provides data and telecommunications service for ATSU, was also presented with the KOAA Honorary Membership Award. Winkler currently serves as president of Kirksville Regional Economic Development Inc., and is chairman of the Telecommunications Commission. 

Wilbur Hill, D.O., ’51, received the KOAA Distinguished Service Award. Unable to attend the luncheon in San Diego, Dr. Hill was presented the award during the alumni class reunion on October 18. This award is granted to alumni and friends of KCOM and KOAA who have provided outstanding service and/or financial support to KCOM and/or KOAA.

Peter Swofford, D.O., ’57, was named KOAA Alumnus of the Year. This prestigious annual award was established to recognize a KCOM graduate who has made outstanding contributions to KCOM and the osteopathic profession. As the KOAA Alumnus of the Year, Dr. Swofford wants to remind graduates that his generation paved the way for the open practice environment they enjoy and not to take it for granted.


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Many SHM students visit Kirksville for the first time to receive their degrees

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. (June 7, 2007) – On June 9, A.T. Still University’s School of Health Management graduates its latest class of degree recipients in geriatric health (M.G.H.), public health (M.P.H.), and health administration (M.H.A.) at the University’s Thompson Campus Center.

“When the school opened in 1999, we knew that the demand for healthcare professionals nationwide was going to lead to a greater demand for administrators, managers, and teachers in healthcare settings,” SHM Dean Jon Persavich, Ph.D., said. “The demand for qualified healthcare professionals in positions of leadership is indeed rising, and our enrollment and expansion reflects that increase.”

Jason Haxton, M.A., director of the Still National Osteopathic Museum, will provide the keynote address and familiarize the graduates with the osteopathic tradition of A.T. Still University. Each student will also receive a signed copy of “The First School of Osteopathic Medicine” by Georgia Warner Walter. Haxton’s address will focus on the “life and times” of Dr. Still and discuss the events and inspirations that led him to establish and develop osteopathic medicine.

Since most of the students have not visited the campus, ATSU President James McGovern, Ph.D., felt it was appropriate that they come to the campus to understand the vision of University founder Andrew Taylor Still and the history of A.T. Still University.

“We want all of our students to understand the osteopathic tradition and demonstrate the principles of whole-person healthcare regardless of their specific occupation,” Dr. McGovern said. “Bringing them to Kirksville, the home of osteopathic philosophy and practice, for graduation should be a very valuable experience as we send them out to represent ATSU in the workforce.”


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