Materials Documenting the Contribution of Dr. Maurice Hilleman to the Millennium Time Capsule Ceremony

Materials Documenting the Contribution of Dr. Maurice Hilleman to the Millennium Time Capsule Ceremony

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A packet of materials documenting Dr. Maurice Hilleman's contribution to the America's Millennium Celebration and Time Capsule Ceremony. The celebration was held in Washington, D.C. on December 31, 1999 - January 2, 2000. Dr. Hilleman was invited to contribute an artifact to the capsule - the chosen artifact was intended to represent to future Americans the achievements and hopes of late 20th century America. Correspondence details Dr. Hilleman's belief that the "discovery of the cause for diseases and their prevention by vaccines" was a hallmark of the 20th century. For his selected artifact, Dr. Hilleman chose to propose and design a Lucite block holding six vials of different vaccines: MMR II, Varivax, Vaqta, Recombivax HB, Pneumovax 23, and PedvaxHIB. The top of the block was to be inscribed: "Six Vaccines of the Twentieth Century Which Averted Illness, Disability, and Death and Changed the Face of the World / Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman, December 1999". Other materials included in the packet include Dr. Hilleman's summary of the important impact that vaccines had on 20th century life, as well as the history that led up to the development of vaccines. The packet also includes ceremony programs and instructions, and Dr. Hilleman's speech that he gave at the ceremony.
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Object Name
commemorative materials, vaccine development
date made
1999 - 2000
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
overall, materials, as stored: 10 in x 12 in x 3/8 in; 25.4 cm x 30.48 cm x.9525 cm
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
Credit Line
Gift of the Hilleman Family: Lorraine W. Hilleman, Jeryl Lynn Hilleman, and Kirsten Jeanne Hilleman
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National Museum of American History
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