Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History 2019-10-21T20:03:55-04:00 David A. Goss Open Journal Systems <p><em>Hindsight: The Journal of Optometry History</em> is the quarterly publication of The Optometric Historical Society (OHS), a program of Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation (OC). This journal publishes a variety of material that contributes new knowledge to optometry history, interprets historical sources from unique perspectives, and guides others in their research. The purpose of the journal is to enrich the scholarship and engender a deeper understanding of optometry’s role in all aspects of society and culture. ISSN &nbsp;2374-3271.</p> Front Matter 2019-08-09T20:27:55-04:00 Kirsten Hebert, B.A. <p>Cover, publication information and table of contents for Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History, Volume 50, Number 3</p> 2019-08-09T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## News 2019-10-21T20:03:35-04:00 Kirsten Hebert, Ms. <p>News about the activites of the Optometric Historical Society and the Archives &amp; Museum of Optometry.</p> 2019-08-07T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## From the Editor 2019-10-21T20:03:34-04:00 David A. Goss, O.D., Ph.D. <p>In this editorial Dr. David Goss discusses the significance of studying and producing scholarship in optometry history and introduces the theme for this commemorative issue.</p> 2019-08-07T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Guest Editorial 2019-10-21T20:03:33-04:00 Ronald R. Ferrucci, O.D. <p>In this article, Dr. Ronald Ferrucci discusses why it is important for the future of the profession of optometry for optometrists to study optometry history.</p> 2019-08-07T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Comments on the Current Status of the Study of Optometry History 2019-10-21T20:03:29-04:00 David A. Goss, O.D, Ph.D. <p>An online search for articles on the history of optometry and other healthcare fields is reported and is compared to a similar search conducted in 2007. A possible explanation for comparatively fewer articles on the history of optometry is explored. Brief comments are made on the significance of optometry history, along with suggestions on ways to enhance its study.</p> 2019-08-07T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Genealogy of a Mission 2019-10-21T20:03:32-04:00 Kirsten Hebert, B.A. <p>The Optometric HIstorical Society (OHS) was one of many similar public history organizations created during the third wave of the preservation movement in the United States. This article traces the genealogy of the OHS mission through American heritage resource law and delineates the social and political context that lead to its passage.</p> 2019-08-07T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Challenge of Preserving the Artifacts of Optometric History 2019-10-21T20:03:31-04:00 Barry L. Cole, A.O., Ph.D., M.App.Sc., BS.c., LOS.c <p>This paper looks at optometry museums around the world. There are only five general optometry museums: three are hosted by optometric institutions in three countries, Australia, Britain and the U.S.A., one is hosted by a Canadian university that has an optometry school, and one is in private hands in Southbridge, Massachusetts. They are supplemented by six excellent corporate museums in France, Germany and Italy, but these museums focus on either spectacles or ophthalmic instruments, rather than optometry in general. Two of the optometry museums were founded over 100 years ago, and two have had their 50th birthday, but can they survive forever? Museums are expected to preserve collections for posterity for the edification and enjoyment of future generations, yet all institutions are at risk of disruption: few institutions last more than a couple of hundred years. This paper discusses strategies optometry museums might pursue to guard against mismanagement and neglect and provide for the protection of their collections in the event of the demise of the museum or its host institution.</p> 2019-08-07T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## "A Splendid Thing" 2019-10-21T20:03:30-04:00 Neil Handley, M.A., A.M.A. <p>This paper discusses the origins of the British Optical Association Museum and how it increased in prominence. Its value for matters such as historical research, pride of possession of members, publicity, recognition of the status of the profession, and demonstration of the long and distinguished history of the profession are examined. The arguments in support of the museum in the first half of the twentieth century by John Hamer Sutcliffe, and later his protégé George Giles, are highlighted.</p> 2019-08-07T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## How an Optometric Collector Became an Optometric Archivist 2019-10-21T20:03:55-04:00 Michael J. Aitken, LOS.c. <p>This personal article looks at the long journey of an optometrist moving from the pursuit of collecting to the occupation of a volunteer optometry museum archivist. It is suggested that both collectors and archivists have a role to play in the development of museums.</p> 2018-11-06T00:00:00-05:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## End Matter 2019-08-09T17:53:28-04:00 Kirsten Hebert, B.A. <p>Back inside cover and back cover of Volume 50, Number 3, July 2019 Hindsight: Journal of Optometry History</p> 2019-08-09T00:00:00-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##