Shelf Life: Episode 11

July 5, 2019
In addition to public education, the new department’s curator, Charles-Edward Winslow, also pushed for better ways to study the organisms that caused diseases. His efforts led to the creation of a collection of microscopic life, which Winslow called the Living Museum, aimed at helping researchers cultivate, study, and classify different types of microorganisms. Winslow solicited live cultures from all over the country. Within two years, he had gathered 578 bacterial strains and provided 1,700 cultures to researchers at more than 120 labs and universities.