Optometric Historical Society
In the Fall of 1969, Henry W Hofstetter, O.D., Ph.D.–former AOA President (1968-1969) and faculty at the Indiana University Bloomington (IU)–and Maria Dablemont, AOA Librarian and Archivist, spearheaded the formation of the Optometric Historical Society (OHS). They were joined by other optometrists–practitioners, academics and those active in organized optometry– who recognized the importance not only of collecting and preserving archival material and museum artifacts that reflect the history of the profession, but also the necessity of interpreting these primary sources in the context of current optometry practice, policy, education and innovation. During the course of the last 40 years, the OHS, the Archives & Museum of Optometry (AMO), and IU, have been constant partners in promoting the Society and its goals.
The OHS, like the Archives & Museum, is a program Optometry Cares — The AOA Foundation. The OHS publishes a quarterly history journal titled Hindsight and boasts close to 100 members. If you are interested in joining Optometric Historical Society, please contact:
Heritage Services Specialist
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63141-7881
Membership includes a current subscription to Hindsight.
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