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Check out the latest from the National VA History Center Curator!

Where’s the Tumor? Preserving Medical Innovation Artifacts

WHERE’S THE TUMOR? PRESERVING MEDICAL INNOVATION ARTIFACTS

There’s a 3D tumor out there and the VA History Center wants it. The quest for contemporary artifacts is a constant challenge. It’s not simply a question of what to collect, but when, where, and how to collect items of potential value to our collection. In this case, the hunt is on for an item used in an innovative collaboration at the Seattle VA Medical Center to safely remove a tumor from a Veteran’s kidney. 3D TUMOR»

Core Planning Team for National VA History Center

CORE PLANNING TEAM MOVING FORWARD

A key first step in developing a new museum is an Interpretive Master Plan (IMP) and a project team to create it. On June 9, 2021, a group of VA employees met with the staff from the Smithsonian Exhibits program. A Core Project Team (CPT) formed following that meeting, and they are now tasked with developing the IMP for the NVAHC.  CPT»

VA blanket.

DONATION FROM VA EMPLOYEE TO COLLECTION

A VA employee found a historic blanket at a flea market. She then learned about the National VA History Center and made a call. Now the blanket is in the collection. Check out this courtesy story from the Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System. DONATION»

Happy Halloween and creepy dolls.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN AND CREEPY DOLLS

Happy Halloween! As a tribute to all the dolls that make our hearts race, this edition of the Curator Corner features procedure dolls from the recently acquired group of early 20th century artifacts from Mountain Home VA Medical Center in eastern Tennessee. Some of these dolls are super creepy. HALLOWEEN»

What goes into a collection?

WHAT GOES INTO A COLLECTION?

So the VA is getting its own museum? That's pretty cool! But what goes into finding the right pieces to display? Or how to even start a museum from scratch? The National VA History Center's curator Kurt Senn tells you how. He's new on the gig, but he's experienced, so he knows a thing or two about this. Take a peek at what he's doing now to start this VA museum! COLLECTION»

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