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NLM Launches a new Traveling Exhibition and Online Exhibition

September 24, 2020

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) announces Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health, a new NLM traveling exhibition with an online adaptation, guest curated by scholar Anne E. Parsons, PhD (University of North Carolina at Greensboro).

Care and Custody explores the treatment of people with mental health conditions throughout history. Over the past 200 years in the United States, a tension has existed between care and custody as responses to mental health issues. The actions of physicians, advocates, families, and government agencies have all contributed to the shaping of mental health policies. Care and Custody examines history to understand how the country has moved away from custodial forms of treatment, toward more inclusive approaches, and worked to protect the rights of people with mental health conditions.

The online adaptation includes an education component featuring a new university module and a digital gallery that further explores selected works from the historical collections of the NLM , which are also available in their entirety in NLM Digital Collections.

Applications for booking NLM traveling exhibitions open on a rolling basis and are announced via the Making Exhibition Connections listserv. The application opportunity to book Care and Custody along with This Lead Is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities (launched 2019) will be open between October 13 and November 6 2020. Organizations that are willing to make the traveling exhibition available to the public free of charge and feature programs or activities that connect audiences to NLM health information resources are encouraged to apply. Subscribe to the listserv to learn more about NLM traveling exhibitions and how to apply.

These exhibitions are expected to travel beginning June 2021.

Learn more about Care and Custody: Past Responses to Mental Health and This Lead is Killing Us: A History of Citizens Fighting Lead Poisoning in Their Communities on the NLM website.

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Last Reviewed: September 24, 2020