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"Manifestations of the Mind: Phrenology in New York State"
Phrenology is a pseudoscience that involves the measurement of bumps on the skull to predict mental traits. Phrenology played an important role in how people regarded themselves in the 1840s. Influencing topics as varied as courtship, employment, criminal justice, abolition, medicine, and suffrage, phrenology influenced the everyday lives of many. This talk will also examine the darker sides of the now debunked concepts, exploring how its teachings further disenfranchised people of color and indigenous populations.

Anne Clothier is Director of Education at the Saratoga County History Center at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa. Her particular areas of interest are medical history and early photography. She is a graduate of SUNY College at Oneonta and the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies. Her thesis focused on the use of phrenology in prison reform in the 1840s.

Jun 15, 2022 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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