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On the Mend: Restoring Intrepid’s Sick Bay

Working on board an aircraft carrier was physically demanding and sometimes dangerous. Day after day, a steady stream of sick and injured crew members visited Intrepid’s medical clinic, called sick bay.

The temporary exhibition On the Mend: Restoring Intrepid’s Sick Bay examines the history of medical care on the ship while also illuminating the Museum’s current efforts to open sick bay to visitors. The centerpieces of the exhibition are three original doors from sick bay, each featuring a medical-themed cartoon painted by sailors.

Objects, photographs, archives and oral histories reveal the complexities of medical care on board an aircraft carrier at sea. Visitors can also explore an interactive 3D model of sick bay, showing the current condition of the ship’s operating room, pharmacy, x-ray room and more.

This exhibition represents the first phase of a long-term, large-scale project to restore, interpret and open Intrepid’s sick bay.

 
If you’d like to support the restoration of Intrepid’s sick bay by making a fully tax-deductible donation, click the link below or contact support@intrepidmuseum.org.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


If You Can Ever Get Back | Screening with Q&A
Wednesday, March 16, 6:30pm ET

The Intrepid Museum invites current and former service members and the public to a screening of the documentary If You Can Ever Get Back. This captivating documentary tells the story of three US Army combat medics who served in Iraq’s “triangle of death.” Ten years later, they struggle to find their place in the civilian world and to lay to rest their wartime ghosts.
Following the screening there will be a panel discussion moderated by Matthew Ryba, Director of Community Outreach and Education at New York-Presbyterian Military Family Wellness Center and Marine Corps Veteran. Free with advance registration. REGISTER HERE

On the Mend: Restoring Intrepid’s Sick Bay
Tuesday, March 22, 2:00pm-3:30pm ET or
Thursday, March 24, 5:30pm-7:00pm ET

Explore the Intrepid Museum’s newest special exhibition! Through verbal description, oral histories and audio recordings, learn about how Intrepid’s medical staff tended to the health and well-being of 3,000 crew members and how Museum staff now care for the spaces, equipment and artifacts they left behind.

Please email access@intrepidmuseum.org to register. Please include which session you are registering for (March 22 at 2:00pm ET or March 24 at 5:30pm ET).

Virtual Teen Program: Life Saving STEM
Saturday, April 2 | 11:00am – 2:00pm ET

Participants will learn about the history of resuscitation, modern techniques and how scientific research has contributed to our understanding of the potential to save a life. Intrepid Museum educators will guide an exploration of how the medical departments operated on the USS Intrepid and submarine Growler in a time when life-saving techniques were not as advanced as today. Researchers at NYU Langone Health will present their work in critical care and resuscitation science. Additionally, learn how you can help save a life through a CPR demonstration!
(**Does not include CPR certification) REGISTER HERE

Charles M. Schulz Museum
Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 – 7:00pm ET

Join the Intrepid Museum and fellow veterans, service members and their loved ones for a virtual staycation! We will be Zooming into Santa Rosa, California, to visit with the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Curator Benjamin Clark will talk about how cartoonist Charles Schulz’s military career connected to the creation and timeless success of the Peanuts. Danielle Swanson, collections manager at Intrepid Museum, will follow up with how Schulz’s work impacted and inspired the sailors who served on Intrepid. The program will include recently conserved examples of paintings created by Intrepid’s crew on display in On the Mend: Restoring Intrepid’s Sick Bay. There will be time to ask questions and share stories. REGISTER HERE

Sick call sign, n.d. (Collection of the Intrepid Museum. 00.2011.240)
Did you serve in sick bay on Intrepid? Or did you receive medical treatment in sick bay during your service on the ship? Share your photos, artifacts and stories with us by emailing collections@intrepidmuseum.org.
 
 
 

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