April 17, 2020
Exhibits highlighting artifacts of dental history are available to view on University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s virtual museum — dentalmuseum.pacific.edu. The digital exhibits are part of the ongoing Virtual Museum Project, which began in 2012 as a creative way to present the school's Ward Museum collection. Viewers can browse through a number of exhibits including:
The A.W. Ward Museum of Dentistry was founded in 1974 in honor of one of the school's early graduates and a pioneer of surgical periodontics, Abraham Wesley Ward, P&S Class of 1902. Since its inception, the collection has grown from in-kind donations, made primarily by alums. Most of the artifacts date from the mid-1800s to mid-1900s. For the development of future displays, the Ward Museum gratefully accepts donations of objects such as dentures, instruments, toothbrushes and other small period pieces, and of school-related memorabilia, photographs and documents.
Students, researchers and dental professionals interested in studying the collections may contact Dr. Dorothy Dechant, museum curator, at 415.929.6627 or firstname.lastname@example.org.