Activities from Home #6: Early Canadian Societies (Grades 3-4)

Explore the interactions between European and Indigenous peoples prior to 1713 and the resulting consequences in relation to medicine and the spread of disease. Demonstrate the contributions made by Indigenous peoples to current medical practices by learning to create a poultice; a paste made of anti-inflammatory ingredients as an early 18th century medical apprentice. … More Activities from Home #6: Early Canadian Societies (Grades 3-4)

Activities from Home #4: Mixing Medicine and Media (Grades 6-8)

Students will apply their knowledge of the evolution of pharmaceutical medicines in health care and the function of medicinal ingredients to create their own tincture in alignment with historical practices. Students will also apple their understanding of past pharmaceutical advertising methods, and prevalence of Patent Medicine in historical societies to create their own Patent Medicine trading card. … More Activities from Home #4: Mixing Medicine and Media (Grades 6-8)

Activities from Home #6: Early Canadian Societies (Grades 5-6)

Explore the interactions between European and Indigenous peoples prior to 1713 and the resulting consequences in relation to medicine and the spread of disease. Demonstrate the contributions made by Indigenous peoples to current medical practices by learning to create a poultice; a paste made of anti-inflammatory ingredients as an early 18th century medical apprentice. … More Activities from Home #6: Early Canadian Societies (Grades 5-6)

Activities from Home #5: Ancient Societies & Wellness (Grades 4-6)

Students will apply their knowledge of advancements in healthcare practices in ancient societies to complete this activity. Students will exercise their understanding of standards of practice dating to ancient Egypt, and the intersection with Egyptian religious beliefs to simulate mummification and burial practices. … More Activities from Home #5: Ancient Societies & Wellness (Grades 4-6)

Activities from Home #4: Mixing Medicine and Media (Grades 4-5)

Students will apply their knowledge of the evolution of pharmaceutical medicines in health care and the function of medicinal ingredients to create their own tincture in alignment with historical practices. Students will also apple their understanding of past pharmaceutical advertising methods, and prevalence of Patent Medicine in historical societies to create their own Patent Medicine trading card. … More Activities from Home #4: Mixing Medicine and Media (Grades 4-5)

“Something Permanent for the Country”: The Sir Oliver Mowat Memorial Tuberculosis Sanatorium

An often overlooked part of Kingston’s rich medical history, the Sir Oliver Mowat Memorial Tuberculosis Sanatorium, or simply the Mowat Sanatorium, enjoyed an important, if short-lived, role in the fight against tuberculosis in Canada. … More “Something Permanent for the Country”: The Sir Oliver Mowat Memorial Tuberculosis Sanatorium

Activities at Home #4: Infection Inspection (Grades 7-8)

Apply knowledge of bacterial and viral infections, and demonstrate how immunization can effectively limit the spread of illness and contribute to overall community safety. Learn of ongoing healthcare issues including the spread of vaccine misinformation, and critically analyze health claims using substantiated evidence. … More Activities at Home #4: Infection Inspection (Grades 7-8)

Activities at Home #4: Infection Inspection (Grades 9-11)

Apply knowledge of bacterial and viral infections, and demonstrate how immunization can effectively limit the spread of illness and contribute to overall community safety. Learn of ongoing healthcare issues including the spread of vaccine misinformation, and critically analyze health claims using substantiated evidence. … More Activities at Home #4: Infection Inspection (Grades 9-11)

Creating an Outdoor Walking Tour

This summer, I had the opportunity to complete a thorough revamp of the Outdoor Tour program that the Museum has offered for many years. It was a long and tedious but ultimately rewarding process. With this in mind, I thought it might be helpful or interesting to others to explain how I went about the project to transform a few abstract ideas into a polished Museum product, ready for the public to enjoy for years to come. … More Creating an Outdoor Walking Tour

The Wild and Wacky World of Drug Advertisements

Back in the late 1800s, a time where saying yes to drugs might have actually been encouraged, patent medicines promised wild and wonderful cures. These medicines, as opposed to those prescribed by a doctor, were loosely regulated; leading to extravagant claims and dangerous, often unlisted, ingredients. From cure-alls to cough syrup, these medicines promised to treat a variety of ailments for those who could not afford a private doctor’s visit, although they would often do more harm than good. … More The Wild and Wacky World of Drug Advertisements