Located on the campus of the Medical University of South Carolina, the Macaulay Museum of Dental History was founded in 1975 to serve as the university’s repository for information and resources about the history of dentistry and dental practitioners.
A finer public collection of dental artifacts does not exist anywhere in South Carolina. The museum houses an impressive collection of dental memorabilia, including historical tools and instruments, a 19th Century dental-office display, a collection of dental chairs and a traveling dentist's chest from the Civil War era.
Though its collection is both rich and expansive, the museum itself is in need of a structural, cosmetic and functional upgrade and renovation.
On another level, we believe that the museum is no longer a suitable tribute to its namesake, a man who served as an invaluable friend and mentor to generations of dentists in South Carolina, Dr. Neill Macaulay.
It is our aim to raise $400,000 to renovate and update the Macaulay Museum of Dental History as an enduring tribute to Neill Macaulay and for the preservation of our profession’s history in the American South.
Specifically, we aim to:
Between now and 2017, the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine will be celebrating its first 50 years as an institution. Our goal is to work with the state’s dental community and those with an interest in preserving the profession’s history and Dr. Macaulay’s legacy, to raise this amount as part of that celebration. We require $400,000 in private donations to make our vision a reality.
Over the next 11 months we will complete the building renovation, redesign and install new exhibits, and celebrate with a rededication ceremony, honoring not only Dr. Macaulay, but all those who made the project possible.
As a member of the Southern Regional Education Plan, Dr. Neill Macaulay helped South Carolina dental students attend other states’ dental schools before the College of Dental Medicine at MUSC was established. If you or someone you know went to dental school thanks to Dr. Macaulay’s influence or advice, please let us know.