The Optometric Historical Society

In the Fall of 1969, American Optometric Association (AOA) Past-President Henry W Hofstetter, OD, PhD and Librarian Maria Dablemont spearheaded the formation of the Optometric Historical Society (OHS) to protect and promote the historical legacy of the profession of optometry. Through its support of The Archives & Museum of Optometry, the OHS encourages the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts and archival material that document the history of the profession, practice, and science of optometry and the optical industry. The OHS also organizes speaking engagements for its annual Blast from the Past event held in conjunction with the AOA’s Optometry’s Meeting®Finally, the OHS encourages its members and others to submit research, recollections and letters to its quarterly journal Hindsight published in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Optometry and available to all members in digital form. The OHS and The Archives & Museum of Optometry are part of the Heritage Services program under Optometry Cares -The AOA Foundation.  All donations to the program are tax deductible.

Advisory Committee Membership 2018

OHSLogowPicThe OHS Advisory Committee will have two vacancies as of December 2017. We are no longer accepting nominations for the open positions. A link to the electronic ballot will be posted in later this month! Thank you for your participation.

Making History: Collect and Share Oral History with

Are you interested in making history? By interviewing a friend, colleague, mentor, or family member involved in the profession, you can make a valuable contribution to our collections. The Archives & Museum of Optometry and the OHS are encouraging you to use the StoryCorps app to capture, preserve and share your interviews.  Check out our page to learn about our student interns and see how your interviews will be shared. Then, download the  ORAL HISTORY PACKET and get started!


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Join the Optometric
Historical Society

If you are interested in joining Optometric Historical Society, please download the 2017 Membership Application and send it along to us with your donation.

Your 2017 donation will entitle you to receive Hindsight, the quarterly publication of the Optometric Historical Society.

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