Get Information on a Stick at the Minnesota State Fair

Identify medical artifacts, take a selfie with a skeleton, and more!

'What was this used for?' state show.
‘What was this used for?’ state show.

The University of Minnesota Libraries are going to the Minnesota State Fair.

Join us to test your health information knowledge, identify weird — and frightening — medical instruments of the past, explore 3-D anatomical models, and take a selfie with Fred the skeleton.  

We can’t wait to see you at our events!

What was this used for?

What: “What was this used for?” stage show
Who: Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine
When:  Thursday, August 24, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Where: On the stage in front of the U of M Building

Weird, clever, frightening, and confounding medical instruments from the past intrigue us, even more when we realize such instruments may still be in use today. Find out more in the “What was this used for?” stage show as audience panelists attempt to identify historical medical artifacts from the Wangensteen Historical Library’s collection.

How Health Info Savvy Are You?

What: “How health info savvy are you?” exhibit
Who: Bio-Medical Library
When: Monday, 28 August, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: U of M Building

Come for a selfie with Fred the skeleton.
Come for a selfie with Fred the skeleton.

Test your health knowledge by taking our health fact or fiction quiz, or for the more adventurous, try your luck at identifying old medical devices.

Explore 3-D models of the skull, heart, kidney, arm or take selfies with our skeleton, Flexible Fred. 

Get a taste of the historical anatomy by paging through a reproduction of a “pop-up” anatomy atlas. 

Our exhibit will feature “healthy” information resources freely available from the National Library of Medicine. Small giveaways will be provided.


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