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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Medical ➔ Tooth Extractor Forceps

This item was part of a set of tools from a dental case, number 164950.
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Gift Of Estate Of Dr. Ruth Herrick
Discover: Grand Rapids Then & Now (October 22 2019)

Grand Rapids Then & Now will explore the concept of community, both now and during the Victorian Era.  It will examine how communities change by showing the differences between goods and services available in the 1890s and in the present.  This program highlights the people who lived in and traveled to Grand Rapids, their stories and contributions, and the community that has been built because of our predecessors.  Learners will explore the Streets of Old Grand Rapids Exhibit, engaging in artifact discovery and exhibit interpretation activities.

Student Objectives:

  • Students will observe differences between Grand Rapids today and Grand Rapids in 1890, specifically in the areas of communication, transportation, recreation, and architecture.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast the present day and the Victorian Era in terms of how people meet basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
  • Students will be able to describe the local economy during the 1890s after entering three shops in the exhibit and investigating the prices and availability of goods and services.
Curriculum Connections:
  • Michigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: H1 The World in Temporal Terms: Historical Habits of Mind, H2 Living and Working Together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago, H3 The History of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, U6 The Development of an Industrial, Urban, and Global United States,G2 Places and Regions, G4 Human Systems, E1 The Market Economy, P1 Reading and Communication, P2 Inquiry Research and Analysis
  • ELA Common Core Standards for Reading and Speaking & Listening

Estate of Ruth Herrick
Born on July 6, 1895 in Ohio, Ruth Herrick became known as one of the first women physicians in Michigan. She studied at the University of Chicago Medical College and at Blodgett Memorial Hospital. Afterwards she began her practice in 1931 in Grand Rapids. She was an avid collector and took a strong interest in archaeology, having lectured at the Greenfield Village Museum and wrote and published a book entitled "Greentown glass: the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company and allied manufacturers (1959)". In 1961 she cooperated with the Kent County Medical Society in compiling a historic medical collection. She retired in 1973 and later passed away after an automobile accident on June 7, 1974, with many of her assets bequeathed to the Public Museum.