50th Anniversary

The Fiftieth annual meeting of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science was held April 13-15, 2007, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. In addition to the standard program of excellent papers in the history of science, medicine, and technology, this meeting included a number of special events designed to celebrate the Junto’s fiftieth anniversary. Our opening reception at the ISU Parks Library Special Collections department featured special tours of the ISU archives, followed by ISU graduate student Gary Cameron’s presentation, “History’s Astronomical Mysteries,” in the ISU planetarium. Our Junto banquet featured special anniversary presentations, along with the Stuart Pierson Memorial Lecture delivered by Dr. Alan E. Shapiro (University of Minnesota) and titled, “Newton’s Opticks: Thirty Years in the Making.” University of Oklahoma representatives brought a sampling of material from the Junto archive collection and put together a display of photographs and documents illustrating Junto history.

50th Anniversary Photos


Iowa State University Dean of the Library Olivia Madison welcomes Junto attendees at the Friday night opening reception, held in the ISU Special Collections department.

Iowa State University history department chair Charlie Dobbs opens the Saturday morning paper sessions.

Alan Shapiro (University of Minnesota) delivers the 2007 Stuart Pierson Memorial lecture, “”Newton’s Opticks: Thirty Years in the Making.”

At the Junto Saturday evening banquet, David Wilson (Iowa State University) reads letters from John Greene and Erwin Hiebert offering their reflections on Junto history.

Some of the Junto’s officers, current and recent.

The Junto celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.

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