*All contributors of $10,000 or more will also be permanently recognized on the donor wall in the College’s Clinical Education Center Class of 1971 Lobby.
Introducing visitors to the museum’s founding collector and namesake, Dr. Neill W. Macaulay, this exhibit presents an overview of Dr. Macaulay’s life and achievements. Drawn from personal affects and interviews with those who knew him, this exhibit shares the passion and influence of the man who helped shape the lives and careers of generations of dental professionals.
This section will chronicle how the training of dentists has changed since the profession’s early days. Special attention will be paid to the founding of the MUSC College of Dental Medicine, as well as to pivotal figures in South Carolina’s dental-education history, including the college’s deans, Dr. James B. Edwards, and the “Macaulay Boys” whose career paths were shaped profoundly by Dr. Macaulay’s mentorship.
This section will track the rise of dentistry as a biomedical specialty and the professionalization of the field through the establishment of the South Carolina Dental Association and its constituent societies, including the Charleston Dental Society and the Pee Dee Dental Society.
Chronicling progress in the field of dentistry, five named areas will examine dentistry from its early beginnings when it was practiced by barbers and other untrained practitioners through the emergence of highly advanced specialists. The section will be supported by a series of “period exhibits” showing visitors what kinds of instruments and settings they might have encountered as dental patients at various eras in history. The five office groupings will document the evolution of the dental office in South Carolina, illustrating practices from the mid-19th century to mid-20th century:
Consider taking a leadership role and becoming a permanent Macaulay Fellow by investing $10,000 or more in the renovation project. Fellows will be recognized permanently in the renovated Macaulay Museum as a special group of contributors who exemplify leadership and dedication to both Dr. Neill Macaulay and South Carolina dental history. The generosity of patrons is vital to renovating and sustaining the Macaulay Museum for the benefit of students, medical historians, the Medical University, and the citizens of South Carolina.
Macaulay Fellows include:
(as of August 8, 2017)
All contributors of $10,000 or more will also be permanently recognized on the donor wall in the Class of 1971 Lobby in the James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine's Clinical Education Center.
Seven themed wall cases representing the museum’s collection in the areas of specific dental practice are available for sponsorship. Each case will showcase the instruments, the evolution of practice and materials, and innovations related to the following areas:
Many of the objects and artifacts in the museum need individual conservation to restore their appearance for display and to ensure they will last for years to come. Exhibits will include dental chairs, cabinets, and instruments enhanced by the digital presentation of historic minutes and images from the Charleston Dental Society, the South Carolina Dental Association, and Pee Dee Dental Society. Additional opportunities to sponsor conservation projects are available at various levels. Please inquire for more details.
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.