• Looking Forward, Looking Back

    December 03, 2020

    Author: Stephanie Stewart Bailey, Museum Specialist, Truhlsen - Marmor Museum of the Eye® 

    As 2020 comes to a close, we want to wish you well and continue to stay connected. We look forward to being able to share news about opening our physical doors and experiencing even more with you in 2021.

    The museum was able to stay true to its mission as it pivoted from a physical opening to meeting you in virtual Zoom rooms and on social media platforms. We are grateful to have collaborated with so many people and institutions this year, including our interns from San Francisco State University, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, Rylan Sian from Northwind Apothecary, The Bay Area Science Festival, as well as our upcoming special guests we have booked for our 2021 public programs, whom we will unveil soon.

    As we close out the year, you can tell where our minds have been by the theme of our most recent program launched in November, Behind the Scenes: The National Trachoma Epidemic.

    In the first episode, Behind the Scenes featured a rare set of glass propaganda teaching slides prepared by the National Trachoma Service. Trachoma is a bacterial infection that attacks the eyes and has been documented for thousands of years. Click the video above to watch the episode and learn about the trachoma epidemic in the United States between 1912 and 1924, and its parallels to our current health crisis — the COVID-19 pandemic.


    The museum hosted a special guest as we entered the winter months and daylights savings dimmed the night sky. Dance instructor AnnaLynne Clemente visited the museum and was keen on helping lighten the load of the season change. To help keep you moving, join her as she glides around the museum to teach you how to stay upbeat with Tik-Tok dance moves.

    Looking back over 2020, we are delighted to have been able to stay connected with you virtually. Looking forward, we wish for a better year ahead, full of curious explorations into the world of ophthalmology.