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On November 2, 2016, MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society is hosting a lecture entitled Marcia, the Friendly Ghost, about Marcia Crocker Noyes, the librarian who lived and worked at MedChi for 50 years, and who still inhabits the building today. During her life, Miss Noyes was referred to as “the high priestess” of the medical library profession and founded the Medical Library Association, whose highest professional award is named for her.
Three speakers will discuss the academic and professional, the ethereal and the artistic aspects of Miss Noyes’ life and work.
- MJ Tooey, the AVP and Executive Director at the UM Health Sciences & Human Services Library will speak on Marcia’s influence in the library field, including the founding of the Medical Library Association, whose highest award is given each year in Marcia’s name.
- Meg Fairfax Fielding, head of the History of Maryland Medicine at MedChi, will discuss the ethereal aspect of Marcia, including sightings, unexplained experiences and other super-natural happenings in the MedChi offices, all attributable to Marcia.
- Jieyu Zhang, an MFA candidate at MICA, will present a “zine” she has created as part of her Master’s course work, using her art and information she gathered during visits to MedChi.
The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, which is All Soul’s Day, at MedChi’s Osler Hall (1211 Cathedral Street). There is plenty of free and paid parking in the immediate area. For more information, or to make a reservation, please contact MedChi at [email protected]. The event is free for MedChi members and $5.00 per person for non-members.
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