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The intersection of horseshoes and libraries

by Dee Crandall on 2019-06-30T00:00:00-04:00 | Comments


Have you ever visited a Podological Museum?
If you've been to the Veterinary Library at New Bolton Center, then you have.
Pat Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services, was instrumental in bringing together the unique collection of vintage horse shoes and associated material. Pat and his historic horse shoes are showcased in a March 2019 article in Chronicle of the Horse by Eliza McGraw titled "The Stories Being Told in the Podological Museum" [requires a personal subscription].
Pat discovered the collection stored away in boxes on the New Bolton campus and brought it back to life in its new home at the duPont Veterinary Library.

          
When Penn Vet was founded, all veterinarians were "trained in the fabrication and application of horse shoes".
The picture below shows students in the blacksmith shop around 1900.


 

If you are a member of the Penn Community, you can stop by and see the collection on weekdays between 8am and 6pm inside of the duPont Veterinary Library at New Bolton Center.
If you'd like to know more about the collection, you can hear a video presentation Pat made to the Penn Libraries in 2012.


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