Life and Limb Exhibit – Experiences of the first US veterans

Soldiers at Armory Square Hospital, Washington DC, 1860s

Soldiers at Armory Square Hospital, Washington DC, 1860s

The Health Sciences Library will be hosting the Life and Limb exhibit July 22 – August 31, 2013.  This exhibit features the experiences of injured soldiers in the years after the Civil War.  These veterans are often considered the first veterans of the United States.  This exhibit explores their experiences and relates to current veterans.

Two programming events are being held in conjunction with this traveling exhibit:

  • Opening Reception – July 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm in the Reading Room of the Health Sciences Library.  Coming Home:  The Returning Soldier in Literature and Film  will be a discussion led by Therese (Tess) Jones (Center for Bioethics and Humanities) of selected literary and cinematic images of the returning soldier.
  • Webinar – Combating Information Fatigue:  Health Information Resources for Veterans – July 31, 2013 at 9:00 am.  This free, 1-hour webinar will allow attendees to learn about the unique information needs of veterans and their families.  It will cover resources for finding information on general health conditions, mental health resources, substance, support groups, and more.  Reserve your space today at Or attend the webinar broadcast live in the library’s 3rd Floor Tower Room from 9:00-10:00am, and stay after to explore the resources that most interested you with a librarian.

Both programming events and the exhibit are free and open to the public.  For more information about the exhibit or programming please contact Melissa De Santis ( (303) 724-1748).

This exhibit was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.