Welcome Back! COVID-19 changed many things, but our centennial celebration is not yet finished!

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“Chemistry with Complications: One Woman’s Path”

Photo credit: Marcia Dilling.

Check out Regina Malczewski’s latest article about Marcia Dilling. Click the button below to read the article!

“Past and Present: Pandemics in Midland and the Chemistry Connection”

Photo courtesy of the Midland County Historical Photograph Collection, Midland County Historical Society.

Click the button to read Regina Malczewski’s article: “Past and Present: Pandemics in Midland and the Chemistry Connection.”

New Chemist Spotlights

Dale Meier has now joined the group of Chemist Spotlights.

Read a profile of his life, interests, and work here. The full listing of Chemist Spotlights can be found here.

Fred McLafferty has joined the group of Chemist Spotlights!

Visit his page by clicking here, or browse the full array of biographies here!

Centennial Exhibit

Shown above are 2019 centennial year pins, designed by John Metcalf, commemorating our 100-year anniversary and exhibit and the 50th Central Regional ACS Meeting held in Midland.

New access to the exhibit A Century of Science and Service: 100 Years of the Midland Section of the American Chemical Society is COMING SOON to the Central Michigan University Museum! Watch the blog below for updates!

While you wait, feel free to explore the ‘Exhibit and More’ tab to experience the contents of the exhibit virtually. Midland ACS is providing several versions of the exhibit for those who did not get a chance to visit, wish to revisit a particular part, or might be interested in hosting all or part of it. Many thanks to our visitors, to those who participated in associated programming, and to our benefactors!

Updates Blog

  • Centennial Exhibit Update 4/12/2022

    More elements for the Midland ACS Centennial exhibit are emerging by the day at the CMU Museum! The lights are now on around the exhibit tower, in place to illuminate the interpretive panels and the interactive features which will be housed around the base.

    Last week, Museum Student Assistants Isaac Hunter and Julia Burkholder assembled more exhibit panels – this time mounted on freestanding frames. They previously installed several hanging panels mounted to the new wall!

    Julia also worked with Collections Manager Ron Bloomfield to arrange the exhibit’s one-of-a-kind periodic table of elements on one wall. Visit the exhibit when it opens to take a closer look!

  • Centennial Exhibit Update 3/24/2022

    During a ‘work party’ last night, CMU students in the MST 315: Museums, Stakeholders and Communities course made great progress in the installation of the Midland ACS Centennial exhibit at the CMU Museum!

    These students completed tasks such as preparing walls for more construction, assembling monitors, and salvaging pieces from previous exhibits for use in this project. They were also instrumental in testing the setup for the exhibit’s “tower”!

    Thank you to all for your hard work!

  • Centennial Exhibit Update 3/22/2022

    The Midland ACS Centennial exhibit at the CMU Museum is blossoming with the new season!

    Last Thursday, CMU Museum Student Assistants Julia Burkholder and Isaac Hunter were instructed by Collections Manager Ron Bloomfield in the technique of covering the newly-constructed walls (made of recycled material from past exhibits!) of the exhibit area with an appropriate neutral base. Using carpet as cladding for this space has many benefits, such as providing a surface to support hook-and-loop backing on exhibit elements. More updates coming soon!

  • Centennial Exhibit Update 2/16/2022

    The heart visible in the last blog post occupies a wall which will soon be covered by materials for the upcoming Midland ACS Centennial exhibit. Painted by Museum Student Assistant Taryn McCarthy, the huge heart is now filled with writing from students currently in Museum Studies and related classes, as well as students and staff who work at the Museum.

    Someday, when a new exhibit cycles through the main gallery, future students will reveal these notes and experience this unique time capsule. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Centennial Exhibit Update 2/11/2022

    As installation on the Midland ACS Centennial exhibit continues, CMU Museum students and staff alike are chipping in. The next generation of Museum professionals is gaining some terrific real-life experience through this process!

    Museum Student Assistant Isaac Hunter is shown here spackling more area along the expanded installation plane, coached by CMU Museum Director and Curator Dr. Jay Martin.

    Curious about the heart on the wall? Keep reading the blog to find out more!