Upcoming Annual Meetings of the Pennsylvania Historical Association
2010 Annual Meeting
October 14–16, 2010
Local Arrangements Co-Chairs: Karol Weaver or Edward Slavishak at Susquehanna University
Program Chair: Dennis Downey Dennis.Downey@millersville.edu
2011 Annual Meeting
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
October 13–15, 2011
Local Arrangements Chair: Paul Douglas Newman firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Chair: Daniel Barr email@example.com
2012 Annual Meeting
November 1–3, 2012
Local Arrangements Chair: Simon Bronner firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Chair: TBA [End Page 377]
Marac Fall 2010
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) will be meeting November 11–13, 2010 in at the Hilton Harrisburg, PA. The semi-annual conference regularly attracts over 300 archivists, manuscript curators and records managers from all over the mid-Atlantic region. The theme is “The Politics of Archives,” and Plenary Speaker will be Kathleen Roe of the New York State Archives speaking on the national Preservation of Archives and Historical Records (PAHR) legislation. Luncheon speaker will be Dr. Michael Barton of Penn State Harrisburg on the significance and use of archives facilities in the Central Pennsylvania region. For more information on registering and a complete schedule visit the MARAC website at: http://www.marac.info .
Exhibit: Anatomical Drawings on Display at Pennsylvania Hospital
From Pastels to PDA’s : Medical Education from the 18th c. to the 21st c. exhibits our collection of sixteen Jan Van Rymsdyk anatomical drawings for the first time together in one display. Opening to the public on December 1, 2009, this exhibition is sure to engage visitors interested in the history of medicine.
Long before the use of the X-ray, CAT scan, ultrasound and digital technology, the use of images played an important role in the medical education of students. Anatomical illustrations were cutting edge in the eighteenth century, and Jan Van Rymsdyk was known as one of the best anatomical illustrators in the world. Van Rymsdyk has kept his stature over the past two and a half centuries. These illustrations were created with crayon making them very susceptible to damage, however, they survived a trip across the ocean in 1762 to become a center of the medical education young men received.
In a letter dated April 7, 1762, Fothergill stated, “I need not tell thee that the knowledge of anatomy is of exceeding great use to Practionors in Physic and Surgery & that the means of procuring Subjects with you are not easy.” Medical education was about to change forever in Philadelphia.
Fothergill further offered his opinion that the drawings “not to be seen by every Person but with the Permission of a Trustee & for some small Gratuity for the Benefitt of the House.” Heeding Dr. Fothergill’s warning, the drawings were viewed on a limited basis and carefully housed to protect them. Today, as 247 years ago, the drawings are viewed on a limited basis making this exhibit a rare treat for the public. The exhibition will run until December 2010. [End Page 378]
Re-Launched Journal—Call for Submissions
New Jersey History
A new venue for historical research on New Jersey history
Edited and published by the New Jersey Historical Commission
The New Jersey Historical Society
Rutgers University Libraries
Rutgers University Press
Volume 124, number 1 is now available at
New Jersey History, founded as the Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society in 1845 and published under the direction of the Society until 2005, has been re-launched under the editorial direction of historians at the New Jersey Historical Commission, Kean University, and the Society. This peer-reviewed journal will be published online twice annually by Rutgers University Libraries with a printed edition available from Rutgers University Press. NJH is also supported by the New Jersey Digital Highway, which will provide an additional access point for the journal from its website, and will preserve the digital version of the journal. The editorial staff invites scholars, students, and writers to submit scholarly articles aimed at a non-specialized audience for its forthcoming issues. We welcome papers from all disciplines—for example, law, literature, political science, anthropology, archaeology, material culture, cultural studies, and...