The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Museum of Vision Announces New Oral History Series

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Museum Partners with Academy Seniors Committee and StoryCorps to Preserve Personal Stories of Ophthalmic Leaders

Our current collaboration with the Academy Seniors Committee and StoryCorps has provided the opportunity to add to this unique oral history collection.

The Museum of Vision is proud to announce the publication of a new oral history series recorded in partnership with the Academy Seniors Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and StoryCorps, a national project of Sound Portraits Productions. In conjunction with the Academy’s October 2009 Joint Meeting with the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology held in San Francisco, 12 prominent Eye M.D.s were selected to participate in this oral history project, recording a total of six conversations, each lasting approximately 90 minutes. The first two conversations to be published are between Drs. Stanley Truhlsen and Melvin Rubin, and Drs. H. Dunbar Hoskins, Jr. and Alice McPherson.

To listen to excerpts of these conversations and to read complete transcripts, visit http://www.museumofvision.org/bios and select “Oral Histories” in the left navigation bar.

This oral history series consists of conversations which are wide ranging, from the history of the American Academy of Ophthalmology to the background and training of individual doctors, their struggles, triumphs and thoughts on all aspects of ophthalmology.

Each conversation is archived at the Museum of Vision. The Museum began building its oral history collection in 1987. Collaborating with partners such as the University of California, Berkeley, the museum has previously preserved 32 interviews, eight of which are also available online. “Our current collaboration with the Academy Seniors Committee and StoryCorps has provided the opportunity to add to this unique oral history collection,” added Jenny Benjamin, Director, Museum of Vision & Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD, Director of Ophthalmic Heritage.

StoryCorps, is one of the largest oral history projects in America. It records projects like this one and donates a copy to the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. Established by Congress in 1928, the American Folklife Center preserves the story of America. It is one of the largest collections of ethnographic material in the world and now through this collaboration it contains the experiences of ophthalmologists as told in their own words. StoryCorps also provides access to conversations like these to National Public Radio which produces a weekly broadcast.

For more information about the Academy Seniors and StoryCorps, please visit their websites:
Academy Seniors Committee: http://www.aao.org/careers/seniors
StoryCorps: http://www.storycorps.org

About the Museum of Vision
Founded in 1980, the Museum of Vision, an educational program of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (FAAO) has worked to preserve and promote ophthalmic heritage. In honor of its 30th anniversary, the award-winning museum has launched a new web site, http://www.museumofvision.org . The Foundation invites individuals to visit the Museum web site for a one-of-a-kind interactive experience.

Note to Editors: High-resolution images and interviews with Museum of Vision spokespeople available upon request.

Media Contact: Allison Neves, Public Relations Director, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 415-447-0385, aneves(at)aao(dot)org

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