Educational programs

In accordance with Youngstown State University's COVID-19 response, in-person presentations and suitcase tours are suspended until further notice. Virtual presentations are available on request. Contact the museum curator. 

The museum provides several types of educational programs.

Suitcase tours

photograph of guided tourThis program can take place anywhere- on campus or out in the community. The curator will lead an interactive discussion about the changes in the practice of medicine using a variety of medical artifacts, such as a wooden stethoscope, an anesthesia mask, and a pill mold. The audience will be able to see and feel these items. The presentation includes a PowerPoint slide show if equipment is available.

Other topics are available such as Civil War medicine, Victorian-era quack medicine, and polio's lasting effects on American culture.

Contact the curator to schedule a visit at 330-941-3788 or

Medicine making activity
Visitors of all ages enjoy this activity using mortars and pestles to make an authentic remedy for a tape worm infection from 1881. While you're working, the curator leads a discussion on the use of herbs and other medicines during the 19th century. (This activity is usually combined with the guided tour of the exhibits or the suitcase tour.) 

photograph of students doing the medicine making activity using mortars and pestles

Throughout the year, the museum sponsors speakers who are experts in an area of the history of medicine. These lectures can coincide with a special exhibit, an anniversary of a significant event, or interesting artifacts in the museum's collection. These lectures will be advertised on this website, the museum's blog, and through the Youngstown State University News Center. Audio of previous lectures can be found

photograph of speaker in Civil War costume