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The Legacy Center Blog

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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Pew grant advisory team (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Playing with the Past: A Digital History Toolkit

The Legacy Center was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Heritage Philadelphia Program (HPP) of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage to develop Playing with the Past: A Digital History Toolkit, a web resource intended to make the Legacy Center's rich Women in Medicine collection easily accessible to a new audience of high school students. This blog post details how the subject matter was to be used in the digital toolkit.

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Staff of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership (The Legacy Center Archives and Special Collections)

Request for Proposals: Anniversary Project (oral histories and calendar)

To help commemorate the Drexel University College of Medicine Institute for Women's Health and Leadership's 20th anniversary, the Institute seeks proposals for a project to honor the history of the Institute through oral histories and a printed calendar.

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