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Shannon O'Dell receives national award from dental history group

November 6, 2017

The Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry's curator, Shannon O'Dell, has been recognized as a recipient of the Hayden-Harris Award for her distinguished career and contributions to the field of dental history.

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Videos Gifted to Sindecuse Museum
Videos Gifted to Sindecuse Museum

Outstanding Leaders in Dentistry featured in New Online Collection

January 22, 2016

Ann Arbor, MI - A one-and-only collection of interviews with some of the legends in dentistry has been given to the University of Michigan School of Dentistry's Sindecuse Museum by the International College of Dentists and is an important additlon to the museum's online collection.

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Photo of Shannon O'Dell from the Ann Arbor Observer

Ann Arbor Observer features Sindecuse Museum

November 7, 2013

Ann Arbor, MI - In it's November 2013 issue, the Ann Arbor Observer interviewed Curator Shannon O'Dell and published a feature on the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry. The article has information about the Museum's history and artifacts, including the "crown jewel" of the collection.

Click here to view a .pdf of the printed article.

Banner announcing the new Dental Hygiene exhibit in the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry.

Dental Hygiene Exhibit Officially Open!

October 3, 2013

Ann Arbor, MI - A new exhibit, Dental Hygiene—A Century of Progress, is now open at the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry. The exhibit chronicles dental hygiene education and the development of the dental hygiene profession, which is celebrating its Centennial anniversary in 2013. Hygienists promote preventative oral health care, which has transformed the health of the nation over the last 100 years. The exhibit highlights the way hygienists's work improving public health, such as teaching proper brushing techniques in grade schools. It also illustrates the contributions of U-M and the state of Michigan. Read the full press release here. 

The exhibit is open in the Kellogg Dentistry Building until October 27, 2017. The Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry is FREE and open to the public Monday- Friday, 8am to 6pm (closed on major holidays and weekends). Click here to learn more about visiting the Museum.     

Michigan Dental Association spotlights Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry

March 5, 2013

Okemos, MI - The Michigan Dental Association recently published an article on their website about the newest exhibit at the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, Women Dentists: Changing the Face of Dentistry.

Read the full article here.

Shannon O'Dell gives an interview about the Women Dentists exhibit

Video Interview with Curator Shannon O'Dell

January 16, 2013

Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan New's Service has published an interview with Shannon O'Dell, curator of the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry. The interview highlights our newest exhibit, "Women Dentists: Changing the Face of Dentistry."

Read the article and watch the interview.

Women Dentists Exhibit Open!

October 11, 2012

Ann Arbor, MI - The Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry presents Women Dentists: Changing the Face of Dentistry, a new, temporary exhibit that showcases the extraordinary stories and challenges of independent minded women dentists who at first overcame severe obstacles to enter a previously male-dominated profession and later, pushed the field of dentistry forward with significant advances and lasting contributions to the profession. The inspiring stories of 23 women are featured in the exhibition. Please see the full article announcing the exhibit here!

Women Dentists: Changing the Face of Dentistry is located at the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, Kellogg Building, School of Dentistry at the University of Michigan, open now through August 8, 2016.  This exhibit is FREE to the public. The museum is open to the public Monday- Friday, 8am to 6pm, closed on major holidays and weekends.    

Sindecuse Museum Survey Results

April 18, 2012

The Sindecuse Museum is thankful for your feedback! We are always eager to learn more about our audience and find out new ways to serve our visitors. We conducted a survey that ran from June 15, 2011 to March 30, 2012. Here are some of the things we learned:

  • Most respondents indicated that they were visiting us for the first time! (66.44%)
  • Most visitors to the Sindecuse Museum visit with at least one other person (76.43%)! So keep the Sindecuse Museum in mind for your next date or family outing.
  • 90% of respondents to the question "Would you come to the museum again?" responded "Yes." Most people (59%) said they would return to the museum to show a friend, child or other relative.

We also received a number of fascinating comments:

  • “Very interesting - I have family members who currently practice/did practice in the past and would love to show them the exhibit!” 
  • “This is a really cool exhibit, we liked the history of the x-ray development, establishment of anesthesia, life story of Sindecuse and the evolution of today's dental office.”
  • "Great summaries and useful/interesting facts on dentistry. Also the added information of the number of U-M graduates that contributed to the progression of dentistry from the beginning. Great exhibit!"