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Exhibit List

Exhibition Area - 1A   1B   2   Flat Case   3  4  5   6   7   8   Art Gallery

Front-center exhibit: "The Champion of Wheelchairs," made by the Gendron Wheel Company, 1939-45

Wheelchair, a pair of crutches

Gendron Wheelchairs Hospital Equipment Catalog, 1937.

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Exhibit 1A: Attics, Almshouses, and Asylums-Care for People with Mental Illnesses

Top shelf: Photographs, maps, and postcards of the Lucas County Infirmary and Northwestern Hospital for the Insane (1875), photos of facility and residents at Wood County Infirmary (1910); photos of poems by Wood County Infirmary residents; and an 1845 survey of prisons titled Remarks on Prison Discipline.

Middle shelf: An 1867 Act authorizing the creation of the Board of State Charities, two books by Elizabeth P. W. Packard (The Prisoner's Hidden Life, 1871and Prison life)

Bottom shelf: Employee records (1913-36) at the Lucas County Infirmary; photos of Wood County Infirmary residents; postcard, scrapbook, and employee service award pamphlet from the Lucas County/Maumee Valley Hospital (1945-53)

Side exhibit: Grave markers and tombstones from Toledo State Hospital, ca. 1900.

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Exhibit 1B: Attics, Almshouses, and Asylums-Care for People with Mental Illnesses (continued)

Top shelf: Photographs, annual reports and patient diaries from Toledo State Hospital and the Toledo Asylum for the Insane.

Middle shelf: Photographs, postcards, and plat drawing of Toledo State Hospital; Heffner Family letters and monthly hospital dining room menus.

Bottom shelf: Photographs of staff and residents at Toledo State Hospital.  For details related to images on this shelf, please visit and browse the "Images in Time" exhibit of the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

Side exhibit 1: Pedestal exhibits showing a mask, women's undergarments, an ECT machine, leather straps, and medication brochures.

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Exhibit 2: Sheltered Workshops and Social Clubs - Services for the Vision and Hearing Impaired

Top shelf: Photographs of and books by Helen Keller: The Story of My Life, The World I Live In, Midstream: My Later Life.

Middle shelf: Two books (Fingers That See, Life and Education of Laura Dewey Bridgman); Federal Writers Report, 1837-1937; report to the Governor or Ohio; November 1902 issue of American Review for the Blind (braille).

Bottom shelf: Exhibits related to the Toledo Society for the Blind: book reading machine, dictaphone, braille writer, braille letter and number card; photographs of the new home for the blind on 718 Michigan in Toledo.

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Exhibit 2 Flat case: Sheltered Workshops and Social Clubs (continued)

Scrapbooks of Quota International (1937-1977) and the Toledo Society for the Blind/Sight Center of Toledo (1924-1998).  Photographs of institutions for deaf persons: Toledo School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Ohio Home for the Aged and Infirmed Deaf. Books on deafness and deaf people (Tribute to Gallaudet, Idyls of Battle and Poems of the Rebellion, A Challenge to Darkness, and Deaf Hearing Boy), and Proceedings of the Ohio Deaf-Mute Alumni Association, 1889-1898.

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Exhibit 3: Creating the "Perfect" Human - Eugenics and the Disabled

Top shelf: Phrenology head, a photograph showing phrenometric measurements, and books on phrenology (Loma, A Citizen of Venus, New Physiognomy, and Essays in Eugenics), physiognomy, and eugenics.

Middle shelf: Books on race, eugenics and intermarriage (Safe Counsel or Practical Eugenics, Intermarriage, The Social Direction of Human Evolution, The Greatest Problem of the Race, Uncontrolled Breeding). Photographs of and a 1909 report from the Ohio Hospital for Epileptics in Gallipolis, Ohio.

Bottom shelf: Books on race and birth control (The Super Race, By Trust Betrayed, My Fight for Birth Control, The Pivot of Civilization, and a 1917 issue of The Birth Control Review), a photo and sermon of Bishop August Graf von Galen opposing Nazi euthanasia programs.

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Exhibit 4: Society and the "Cripple" - From Seclusion to Education

Top shelf: Post-Civil-War military pension records (1875-1889) and daily reports of the Toledo Federation of Charities (1904-1905).  Illustration of orthopedic injuries of Civil War soldiers, and photographs of Alva Bunker of the Toledo Rotary Club (1917-21).

Middle shelf: Minutes of the Toledo Society for Crippled Children (1921); copies of the Crippled Child's Bill of Right (1931), Constitution of the National Society for Crippled Children, and by-laws of the International Society for Crippled Children (1922). Scrapbook of Ed Kelsey, and letters by Edgar Allen of the Ohio Society for Crippled Children and Emma Robert's letter to the Toledo Rotary Club.

Bottom shelf: Pamphlet of the W. N. Gates Hospital, a catalog of Colson wheelchairs, scrapbook and photos of the Charles Feilbach School (1921-1945).  Pamphlet titled "Reconstructing the Crippled Soldier (1918), and a book (Civilization and the Cripple).

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Exhibit 5: The Disabling Disease - Polio

Top shelf: Photo and book of Elizabeth Kenny (And They Shall Walk), the Kenny Method of Treatment of Infantile Paralysis, the Toledo Society for Crippled Children  President's Report (1938), and photos of disabled children.

Middle shelf: Hugh Gallagher's papers; photos, postcards, and news about the Crippled Children's Home in Toledo (1938), and a Gendron catalog of walkers.

Bottom shelf:  Books about FDR's disability (Nothing Could Conquer Him, A Good Fight); letter from James Roosevelt to Jean Gould, Bill Clinton's speech at the FDR Memorial dedication ceremony, and a photo showing Hilary Clinton with Hugh Gallagher.

Side exhibit: Gendron Wheelchair and catalog (1928-29), books by Hugh Gallagher (FDR's Splendid Deception, Nothing to Fear), a picture of 32nd U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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Exhibit 6: Custodial Institutions to Community Care - Assisting Developmentally Disabled People

Top shelf: Books (Angels Unaware, The Child Who Never Grew), In Appreciation for the Association for Retarded Citizens); Ohio State Asylum reports (1861, 1862); photographs and a copy of the Ohio Story of Mental Retardation.

Middle shelf: Pamphlets and photos of developmentally challenged children; minutes and photos of the Lott Sheltered Workshop Foundation; scrapbook and photographs of the Wood Lane School (1955-1978). On loan from the Wood County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Bottom shelf: YMCA and other pamphlets announcing camps for children with special needs; journal and photographs of residents at Bittersweet Farms; and the biography of Bettye Ruth Kaye.

Side exhibit:Child’s leg braces, ca. 1940-50. On loan from the Museum of DisAbility History in Williamsville, New York.

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Exhibit 7: "Hiring the Handicapped" - Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Persons

Top shelf: Photographs of Goodwill Industries of Northwest Ohio (1950-1970s); cover of the Spring 1960 issue of Building Goodwill.

Middle shelf: Two University of Toledo Master Theses (An investigation into employers' attitudes toward employment of the handicapped in the city of Toledo, Ohio, 1948;A study of the relationship between the training and the employment of handicapped adults in the Toledo metropolitan area, 1962) investigating employer attitudes towards handicapped employees and the rehabilitation and employment of handicapped people.

Bottom shelf: Promotional brochures from 1962 on rehabilitating and employing disabled people; a 1986 report of the President's Commission on Employment of the Handicapped; 1977 programs and reports of the White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals.

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Exhibit 8: Overcoming Obstacles - From Deinstitutionalization to Independent Living

Top shelf: Copies of the Disability Rag Magazine (2002, May/June, 2003); photographs and brochure of the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, 1980s; brochures of the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Amendments of 1974 and 1978.

Middle shelf: Photos and Constitution of the Guides for the Handicapped, Inc., 1984; pamphlets and photos and 2007 report of Assistance Dogs of America (2000-2007).

Bottom shelf: University of Toledo publications concerning the accessibility of campus buildings for handicapped students; a letter from  the Accessibility Center to UT President Frank E. Horton; Preliminary Summary of 504 Self-Evaluation by President Frank E. Horton; World AIDS Day Booklet, 1999; AIDS Prevention Center pamphlets, 1987, Lucas County HIV Prevention Community Plan, 1994; David's House/NOVA  Project brochures, 1990s; and a letter of recognition from the first Bush administration, 1991.

Side exhibit:Wooden walker, ca. 1900. On loan from the Wood County Historical Society.

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ART GALLERY (Faces of Disability) - arranged by row

Row 1:

A Protest in Toledo in Support of the American Disabilities Act (ca. 1990)

The Boy Scouts at the Feilbach School for Crippled Children. (ca. 1931)

Row 2:

A sheltered workshop operated by the Toledo Society for the Blind (ca. 1942)

The Feilbach School for Crippled Children (ca. 1931)

Women's dining hall at Toledo State Hospital (ca. 1890)

Row 3:

Thomas Whitaker with his dog, Lord Byron (1936)

A music class at the Feilbach School for Crippled Children (ca. 1925)

Row 4:

A classroom at Opportunity Home, a convalescent center for disabled children located on Central Ave. in Toledo (ca. 1940)

Help from man's best friend provided by the Assistance Dogs of America, Inc. (1990)

Row 5:

The Children of the Feilbach School for Crippled Children (ca. 1931)

The baseball team of the Toledo State Hospital (ca. 1905)

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