(link to YDN article)
AN OPEN LETTER TO:
Professor Derek E.K. Briggs, Director
Dear Mr Briggs,
In 1976 I had the privilege of serving on the Mayor of Hamden’s Bicentennial Commission and negotiated donation of the furniture and memorabilia from Thornton Wilder’s study to the Town, now on permanent display in Miller Library in
. At Yale that next year as a student I negotiated creation of the Kent State Collection at Sterling Memorial Library’s Manuscripts and Archives Division. Recently I have created a digital gallery to display the works of the late Hamden Adirondack artist, Dorothy Hoyt. http://dhoytdillingham.blogspot.com.
Each of these projects has socially redeeming value.
Could you please tell me what socially redeeming value exists in the
’s display sixty years ago (which I saw with my own child’s eyes) of nine jars of formaldehyde each containing the continuum of nine months in the process zygote /embryo /fetus ? Peabody Museum
This exhibit was displayed in the 1950’s when it was even socially unacceptable to subject a live infant to a movie camera, for fear that such an instance would constitute exploitation.
The exhibit existed four blocks from the concomitant daily protest against the alleged violation by Planned Parenthood of the sanctity of human life, a protest organized by Roman Catholics reciting the Rosary on their knees on the sidewalk in front of the Orange Street Planned Parenthood office, a few blocks from the
In retrospect, it seems to me the
exhibit was insensitive if not disrespectful, especially since there was no information attached to the exhibit explaining the avenues of maternal permission which led to the exhibit and the ultimate fate of the components of the exhibit. Peabody
I addressed these questions to you in a letter 18 months ago which you have not found convenient to acknowledge or answer. It can be read at http://theantiyale.blogspot.com/2010/02/open-letter-to-derek-e-k-briggs.html
Paul D. M. Keane
M. Div. ‘80