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The Legacy Center Blog

Dr. Mary Branson (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Early Women in Homeopathy: A Resource Guide

In the 19th and early 20th centuries it was difficult for women to become physicians, much less homeopathic physicians with a formal education in a male dominated field. This blog post introduces the Legacy Center's Early Women in Homeopathy: A Resource Guide.

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Legacy Center digital collection interface (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

On The Move … Again

The Legacy Center is adopting Islandora as the new software to manage and preserve its repository. The Center wants to have a test ready by late fall and then continue to have all of the digital content on the site.

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Mastery interns with interviewee Mary Ellen Bradley (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Internship Experience

Two Mastery Charter school 10th graders completed their 16-week long internship at the Legacy Center by focusing on the history of community service at Drexel University College of Medicine. They did interviews and made a site map for the placements of service.

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Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler coin (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Is that Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler? Misidentification, copyright, and pesky historical details

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first African-American woman to earn her medical degree in the US from New England Female Medical College. As of 2013, there are no identifiable pictures of Crumpler.

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Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania students in dissecting room, 1897 (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Gross Anatomy: Now and Then

The Gross Anatomy Lab at the College of Medicine is where medical students are assigned a cadaver and spend the fall and spring terms learning about the human body in a hands-on experience. This blog post follows the history of the gross lab at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania through photographs taken in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Hahnemann Medical College (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Philadelphia: World’s Medical Centre

In the 1930s, over 63 hospitals and medical schools operated in Philadelphia, including Hahnemann Medical College, one of Drexel University College of Medicine's predecessors. This blog post describes a project to map locations of Philadelphia hospitals showing what the location looked like in the 30s versus now.

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Mary Walker, 1910 (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Mary Edwards Walker Part II

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, suffragist and dress reformer. This blog post follows up from the previous blog post and continues with Dr. Walker's life after the Civil War. Part 2 of 2 posts.

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Mary Walker, 1890 (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Mary Edwards Walker, Part I

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker attended Syracuse Medical College after spending some time being a schoolteacher. After her marriage and practice failed, she joined the Union Army as a nurse and later surgeon. She was later captured and accused of being a spy. Part 1 of 2 posts.

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Mary Walker, 1864 (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Using stories to tell history

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker was the only woman physician to serve as a surgeon during the Civil War and the first woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Legacy Center does not have a collection of her works, but instead holds the Lida Poynter papers, a collection of unpublished research on Dr. Walker. This collection was used for Playing with the Past, a digital toolkit for high school students.

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