From Nikitas J. Zervanos, M.D., Edward Hand Medical Museum Board of Directors

In 1982, the founders of the Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation envisioned someday accumulating enough artifacts and memorabilia to create a medical museum.

Remarkably, our collection now includes more than 11,000 items. Several years ago, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health provided us with space at BURLE to house our Healing Arts Museum and growing collection.

Our additional displays include pharmacy artifacts and a map history of Lancaster’s apothecaries just outside the pharmacy at Lancaster General Hospital, and letters between James Buchanan and his personal physician, Dr. Henry Carpenter, in the Medical Staff Office. We have absorbed LGH’s former “wall of history” in our collection and added to its current digital display in the hospital lobby.

We also invite you to visit our website for articles written by our colleagues on the local history of the various specialties, chiropractic medicine, an optician’s history of contact lenses, dentistry and more. Articles from other publications, as well as research by our student interns, also help tell the story of our medical history.

The foundation also hosts an annual lecture on local medical history each spring. Check the CME calendar for the 2020 topic, time and location.

You can see many of the items in our collection by visiting our website and clicking on “Virtual Museum Exhibits.”

We are grateful for the continued support of so many physicians, nurses and other medical and non-medical members of our community. Here’s how you can help us grow:

  • Share your ideas or volunteer to serve on one of our standing committees.
  • Look in your office and home for items of medical significance that may have historic value to add to our collection.
  • Share your remembrances from the first 50 years of the family practice residency, as we are currently building a collection to be shared on our website publications. Please send your remembrances to our executive director, Hannah Lerew, P.O. Box 10302, Lancaster, PA 17605.
  • Consider making a financial contribution to the Edward Hand Medical Museum.

Our organization only exists through the kind support of Lancaster’s community, institutions and individuals. To volunteer, share an item of historical significance or make a financial contribution, please contact me; the co-chair of our collection committee, Carl J. Manelius; or Hannah Lerew.

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