Collection & Exhibits
The Society's Museum Collection features artwork, artifacts and exhibitions that interpret the story of physician assistant profession from its inception and development in the United States in the 20th Century to its expansion internationally in the 21st Century. The Society maintains museum collections at two primary locations:
The Society's National Office is located in Johns Creek, GA. The general museum collection maintained in this location includes medical equipment, photographs, posters, military uniforms, PA school patches, organization promotional pins, memorabilia from national meetings and other items of general interest.
The Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants, Durham NC. The building features a replica of Dr. Stead's office at his home on the lake in Bullock, NC, complete with furniture, decorations, pictures and awards that he donated to the Society before his death. A formal garden behind the building is decorated with statuary also donated from Dr. Stead's estate. In addition, the building also houses wall exhibits and display cases honoring the founders of the profession, the development of national PA professional organizations and marketing the profession to the general public. There is a wall exhibit sponsored by the PA Veterans Caucus and outside a PA Veterans Garden featuring a life-size combat medic bronze statue titled "life savers then, care givers now." Click here to view the Guide to Stead Center Archival Collections.
Take a virtual tour of the Stead Center and of the PA Veterans Garden, led by the PAHx co-founder and Historian Emeritus, Reginald Carter. Click Here.
Carl Fasser speaking at AAPA Conference, 1974
FROM DURHAM NORTH CAROLINA
This exhibit provides an overview of the creation of the Stead Office Museum,..
To view images of 72 objects and 40 photographs donated by Dr. Stead's family soon after his death in June 2005 and are maintained by the Society at the Eugene A.Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants in Durham, NC.
Members of the Veterans Caucus made this wall exhibit possible. Tim Egan, Vic Germino and Ken Harbert donated posters to the Society to have placed in the Eugene A. Stead Jr. Center.