During the time period leading up to the Civil War, Transylvania University had one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country, training more than 6,400 physicians before war struck the region. Transylvania’s medical school closed in 1859 after 60 years of operation, but a piece of that history still exists in the Monroe Moosnick Medical and Science Museum, named after the late Transylvania chemistry professor.
As part of Transylvania’s inauguration celebration and symposium commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, physics professor and curator of the museum Jamie Day (pictured) will lead tours of the collection.
The museum contains a selection of nineteenth-century science and medical artifacts, anatomical models, and botanical paintings that were used to teach physics, chemistry, and biology. The instruments came from London and Paris from 1820 to 1850 and brought to Transylvania for students to use in their studies. A visiting specialist from the Smithsonian Institution judged Transylvania's collections to be among the finest in the nation for this time period.
To see more inauguration events, check out the complete schedule.