Public Health Museum Receives Mass Humanities Grant To Digitize Old Tewksbury State Hospital Intake Records

Below is a press release from the Public Health Museum:

TEWKSBURY, MA — The Public Health Museum in Massachusetts is pleased to announce it was selected to receive a Mass Humanities Digital Capacity Grant in the amount of $4,985 for the digitization of the Tewksbury State Hospital intake records, which when completed, will be accompanied by a genealogy program, a virtual exhibit, and a website redesign showcasing newly digitized content.

The project director is Ashlynn Rickord Werner, a member of the museum board.

This grant is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“By having the digitized records available to the public, genealogists and researchers can get a better glimpse into the history of the state hospital and its contributions to the field of public health, as well as learn about their loved ones who lived, and sometimes died, at the institution” said Rickord Werner.

Through original artifacts, memorabilia, and archival materials, the museum explores the history of public health in America and the story of Tewksbury Hospital, one of the first public health hospitals in the country. The history of infectious disease and innovations in public health are cornerstones of the museum.

The Public Health Museum is a non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to public health history. The Museum serves as a resource to the community, exploring public health initiatives that address current health issues with online content and programming, including a summer program for high school students interested in public health careers. The museum partners with libraries and senior centers to bring its programs to the community. Indoor and outdoor walking tours are available on a reservation-only basis, and the museum offers informative content on both its website and through ongoing public programs.

Please visit publichealthmuseum.org to learn more.

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