One of the best ways to fight an ongoing pandemic is by arming ourselves with knowledge of the past. Northern State University is doing just that with their Epidemic! exhibit. Currently on display in the Jewett Regional Science Education Center, Epidemic! was curated by the Dacotah Prairie Museum in coordination with Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Amy Dolan and graduate student Emily Wheeler. It portrays medical artifacts related to various health crises the Aberdeen area has faced, such as the influenza pandemic of 1918, smallpox, typhoid, diphtheria, and polio.
Discussion about an epidemic exhibit started back in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic even hit. “The exhibit is a great way to contextualize the current pandemic and show how we have experienced, responded to, and made it through other pandemics in the past,” Dolan said.
Epidemic! will be on display Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM until August 2021.