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Exploring Healthcare History: Three Exhibits Crafted by 1220 Exhibits

On this World Health Day, we reflect on the intricate tapestry of healthcare history, a narrative woven with breakthroughs, challenges, and remarkable achievements. At 1220 Exhibits, we’ve had the privilege of contributing to this narrative through our collaboration with esteemed institutions. Let’s delve into three captivating exhibits that showcase the evolution of healthcare and its impact on society. 

Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History: Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World

From 2018 to 2021, the Smithsonian Institute hosted “Outbreak”, a compelling 4,400 sq ft temporary exhibit exploring the dynamics of zoonotic viruses and their potential to trigger widespread epidemics. Through interpretive graphics, interactive stations, and AV monitor kiosks, visitors embarked on a journey through the history of infectious diseases. This journey examined methods of identification, containment, and prevention. 

The exhibit featured captivating case studies, including HIV/AIDS, Ebola virus, influenza, and lesser-known regional illnesses. Visitors encountered dimensional objects and artifacts from both the National Museum of Natural History and American History collections. These were displayed in freestanding and vitrine cases. One highlight was the interactive timeline tracing the history of AIDS/HIV. This highlight engaged visitors with wall murals, overlay panels, and reader rails. 

Mechanical interactives, such as the “Be a Disease Detective” match-game spinner units and “Contact Tracing” flip book, added an element of hands-on exploration. Our team provided and installed AV hardware, ensuring seamless integration with the exhibit’s programming. This project exemplified our commitment to meticulous craftsmanship and engaging storytelling. 

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: The Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion 

At the heart of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital lies the Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion. This is a testament to compassion, resilience, and unwavering dedication to pediatric healthcare. Our collaboration with St. Jude brought the inspiring story of Danny Thomas and the hospital’s founding to life through immersive exhibits and detailed wall murals.

Each gallery within the pavilion was meticulously designed to narrate different facets of the St. Jude story. From Danny Thomas’s quest to the vision behind ALSAC, visitors were transported into a world of hope and healing. Custom-built alcoves, floating graphic panels, and artifact vitrines showcased the hospital’s rich history. These included Danny Thomas’s Emmy awards and the remarkable achievements of ALSAC. 

The pavilion stands as a beacon of hope, celebrating the legacy of compassion and innovation that continues to define St. Jude’s mission. Our team’s dedication to storytelling and attention to detail ensured a memorable experience for visitors of all ages. 

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing: Honoring a Legacy of Excellence

For over a century, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has been a cornerstone of excellence in nursing education, practice, and research. Our collaboration with Vanderbilt brought their illustrious history to life, honoring the legacy of nursing excellence for current students and alumni alike. 

Through graphic panels, dimensional letters, and artifact vitrines, we showcased key milestones in the school’s history. From its founding in 1908 to present-day achievements, visitors embarked on a journey through the evolution of nursing education. Deans’ portraits and artifact displays provide a tangible connection to the school’s heritage, celebrating the contributions of past and present leaders in the field. 

Since the initial exhibit, we’ve continued to update and enhance the displays. This ensures that the legacy of Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing remains vibrant and inspiring. This project underscores our commitment to preserving and celebrating the rich heritage of healthcare institutions. 

Embracing the Future: A Tribute to Healthcare Heroes 

As we commemorate World Health Day, we celebrate these exhibits as testaments to the resilience, innovation, and compassion that define our healthcare history. Through immersive storytelling and meticulous craftsmanship, we honor the past while embracing the future of healthcare. Join us in reflecting on the journey of healthcare evolution and the countless individuals who have shaped it. 

Interested in learning about other 1220 Exhibits projects? Check out our portfolio here.