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.


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


"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.