‘Life and Limb’ Exhibit Explores Toll of Civil War

See the flyer for this exhibit: CIVIL WAR FLIER.pdf

The George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library, Penn State Hershey, will host a National Library of Medicine traveling exhibit that explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans. “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War,” will be on display from February 13 to March 21, and will feature images, Civil War ephemera and books. It is hosted in partnership with The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and the Department of Humanities and coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Two lectures will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. On March 8, at noon, in the Junker Auditorium, Susan Rosenvold will present “Clara Barton and Battlefield Medicine.” Rosenvold is the superintendent of the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office, in Washington, DC. Her lecture will shed light on how the approach to battlefield medicine during the Civil War was challenged by advocates including Clara Barton, who saw a need for better and faster medical care during and after battles.

On March 13, at 6 p.m., in Room T2500, in the Cancer Institute, Barbara Sanders will present “The Fields of Gettysburg through the Eyes of Battlefield Surgeons.” Sanders, an education specialist at the Gettysburg National Military Park, will explore the preparedness of the Medical Corps on both the North and South before and during the Civil War, focusing on the events of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The exhibit will be open during normal library hours: 8 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to midnight on Sunday. It is located within the Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey. For more information, or if you need accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Ben Hoover at 717-531- 8627. The exhibit and both events are free and open to the public.