The Dittrick Medical History Center explores the history of medicine through museum artifacts, archives, rare books collections, and images. The Dittrick is an interdisciplinary study center in the College of Arts and Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, but we are open to the general public and charge no admission.
The Dittrick holds a large collection of photographs and records documenting the history of the Lakeside Unit, the first U.S. medical unit to go overseas in 1915. The museum has created a website about the Lakeside Unit. In Spring 2016 the Museum will mount an exhibit about the Unit's "mock" mobilization in Philadelphia (this is featured on the website) in conjunction with a lecture entitled "Feeding War: Gender, Health, and the Mobilized Kitchen in WWI Germany". In Spring 2017 an exhibit will be mounted about the Unit's mobilization to Rouen, France (Base Hosp. 4) after the US entered the war.
Hours/Days of operation:
The Center is open for researchers from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Dittrick Museum of Medical History is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays (unless otherwise noted) and the following holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance; Memorial Day; July 4; Labor Day; Thanksgiving and the day after; December 24th and 25th 2015, Dec.31st (2015) and Jan. 1st, 2016.
There is no admission charge to the Center or to the Museum.
Donations appreciated! Donation box by the main entrance.