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Multi-Cultural Resources

NLM Online and Traveling Exhibition Program

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The Exhibition Program creates lively and informative exhibitions and educational resources that enhance awareness of, and appreciation for the collections of the National Library of Medicine. These exhibitions and educational resources engage diverse audiences and explore a variety of topics in the history of medicine. Listed below are a few select online exhibitions that highlight multicultural history.

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Native Voices: Native Peoples' Concepts of Health and Illness
The Native Voices Web site allows people to explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media. While the activities, exhibition specific lesson plans (6-12), additional lesson plans (K-12), and suggested readings (K-12) can be used in science classrooms, clubs, and programs, they can be used also to reinforce the history and societal developments of Native peoples in social science and history classrooms. There is also a health headlines, in addition to a news coverage section focusing on Native Peoples.

Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health
Against the Odds highlights the role of communities in improving health at home and all around the world. This exhibition explores the shared basic needs required for a good quality of life, including nutritious foods, clean water, a safe place to live and affordable health care. It includes games (6-12) and lesson plans and educator's guides (3-12).

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Binding Wounds Pushing Boundaries: African American in Civil War Medicine Many histories have been written about medical care during the American Civil War, but the participation and contributions of African Americans as nurses, surgeons and hospital workers have often been overlooked. Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine looks at the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their work as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender. Includes K-12 lesson plans.

Fire and Freedom: Food and Enslavement in Early America
Meals can tell us how power is exchanged between and among different peoples, races, genders, and classes. This new exhibit includes lesson plans (3-5, 9-12, and higher education) and other activities, including 18th century recipes.