You can Help create the National Museum of Psychology, the nation’s only interactive, multimedia museum dedicated to the history of Psychology
So, I like to refer to it as “the history of psychology museum,” but it has a real name: The Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron. You can also find the Center for the History of Psychology on Twitter as well
From their website: The Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (CCHP) is located at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. It is a unique institution that cares for, provides access to, and interprets the historical record of psychology and related human sciences. The Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology (CCHP) is located at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. It is a unique institution that cares for, provides access to, and interprets the historical record of psychology and related human sciences.
Fun fact: Nick Cummings spoke at my graduation from my doctoral program in 2002. All I really remember from it was the ample fire and brimstone predicted for psychologists just as a bunch of psychology students were celebrating earning their doctorate with their families present. He has been around plenty of controversies, but that is not what this post is about. Thinking back to grad school: I have to be honest, I was probably one of the exceptions at least in my clinical program. The History of Psychology was my favorite class in graduate school and I enjoyed reading the historical background on lots of topics. I read plenty of Chapter 1’s and 2’s full of historical perspectives when I was in school (but I can’t say I finished every book). 😉 I still enjoy reading about historical figures and past events in the history of psychology.
So, I was happy to see that we have a chance to help out with the history of psychology: we can #KickstartHistory and back the history of psychology Kickstarter campaign.
Speaking of the Kickstarter campaign; check this out:
The Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology, located at The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio, is undergoing a major renovation that includes the construction of a 6,000-square-foot space designed specifically to house the National Museum of Psychology.
The Cummings Center, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the most comprehensive research facility in the world documenting the history of psychology. We house thousands of rare and important artifacts from psychology’s history, including:
Home movies of Sigmund Freud;
Apparatus from many of the most famous – and infamous – psychological studies in American history, including the Stanford Prison Experiment;
Actual correspondence from celebrated psychologists and historical figures such as Albert Einstein, Houdini, and Helen Keller; and
50,000 books, some dating to the 16th century.
We currently operate a small gallery that gives the public an opportunity to explore psychology and the way it impacts everyday life. This small space was a wonderful start, but we have a plan and a vision for a much larger National Museum of Psychology. This museum will focus on the question at the core of our mission: What does it mean to be human?
With your help, we will open a newly renovated 6,000 square foot multimedia museum in the Spring of 2017. The new National Museum of Psychology will examine psychology’s role as a profession, science, and agent of social change, while also delving into the lived experiences of those who helped shape the discipline.
With your support, many of the most iconic artifacts and documents from psychology’s history–including the Milgram Simulated Shock Generator, materials from the Stanford Prison Experiment, and correspondence from Sigmund Freud–will be shared with the public at the National Museum of Psychology.
The space is currently being renovated and the exhibits have been planned. What’s needed is your help to turn those plans into a reality. Your support will be used to create and install temporary and permanent museum exhibits that showcase many of the most important documents, media, and artifacts from our vast collections.
This new museum will give visitors a chance to explore psychology as a profession, science, and agent of social change, while delving into the lived experiences of those who helped shape the discipline.
Check out all the fun and amusing history of psychology rewards on their Kickstarter page and help them create the National Museum of Psychology, for example: a “Stanford Prison Experiment” t-shirt or two different coffee mug options.