Diane Wendt

Associate Curator

B.A., College of William and Mary, 1982

Research Specialties: 

History of pharmacy, vaccines and biologicals, contraception, botanical drugs, patent medicines, consumer health products, manufacturing and advertising.

Projects: 

Current Projects:

  • From DNA to Better Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine and Industry, collaborative exhibition with the National Library of Medicine, opening Oct 2013 at NLM
  • The Birth of Biotech, exhibition, opening October 2013

Past Projects:

  • "So Much Need of Service" The Diary of a Civil War Nurse, exhibition, 2011
  • Marketing Medicines, 1880-1930, exhibition, 2008
  • Whatever Happened to Polio? exhibition, 2005
  • Balm of America, web catalog of patent medicine collection
  • History of the Sterling Drug Company
  • History of the G.W. Aimar Drug Company of Charleston, S.C.
  • Pharmaceutical archival collections at the Smithsonian
  • Extending the Legacy: Planning America's Capital for the 20th Century exhibition, 1996-7
Professional Affiliations: 

American Institute for the History of Pharmacy

Publications

"Changing in Place: Public Spaces on the National Mall" companion piece to the exhibition "Extending the Legacy: Planning America's Capital for the 20th Century" (1996).

This brochure, based on an 1875 panoramic photo, provides a brief history of the design of the National Mall.