At any given time, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine is able to display a small fraction of the 5,000+ artifacts in our collection. The “Artifacts Revealed” series highlights objects from the collection that are rarely on display.
Beyond offering a special glimpse of our artifacts, the videos offer a snapshot of the exciting, interesting, and unusual stories we tell at the museum. For example, most people never consider that brain surgery was even attempted during the Civil War, but the video focused on the trephine changes that perception in a little more than one minute. Changing perceptions, whether in the museum or online, can easily lead them to further discoveries about how Civil War medicine changed the world.
The museum has been tasked with stewardship of these priceless artifacts and we utilize them to tell the story of medical care in our nation’s bloodiest conflict. “Artifacts Revealed” represent our latest, evolving efforts to tell an important national story through digital means and encourage visitors to trek to the “Crossroads of War” – Frederick, Maryland.
“Artifacts Revealed” is made possible by a grant from Visit Frederick and the Maryland Office of Tourism