Student Tours at the PHM

Now that we are back with in-person tours, our volunteers have been hosting elementary, high school, and college students non-stop! Nursing students, dental assistants, and STEM students have been learning about the history of public health, important breakthroughs, and significant contributors to the field. If your school or university would like to schedule a tour, please contact Sandra Price at
Sharing the history of Public Health
Public Health Nursing Students from Middlesex Community College, Bedford, MA
Dental Assisting students from Keefe Tech, Framingham, MA
Sophomore Scholars in Residence, Living-Learning Program students from the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
Volunteer Mary Ferguson was intrigued by Kate Moore's story of Elizabeth Packard and her quest to end the practice of husbands being allowed to commit their wives to insane asylums to silence them.

Volunteer David Paquette shares the history of the jet injector, on display in the museum.
Meet David Paquette
Public Health Museum Volunteer
  By Mary Ferguson
David joined our team of tireless volunteers this year and arrived with abundant enthusiasm and a career of Public Health experience to draw upon. He recently retired, returning to the Lowell area after many years of living in Arizona. Educated at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (M.S.), and the University of Massachusetts (B.S.), some of his career highlights include working under Dr. Anthony Fauci of NIH (National Institutes of Health), establishing HIV Planning and Services for the Arizona Department of Health Services in Phoenix in 1991 and later serving as Director of Bio-Defense Preparedness and Response for the Maricopa County Public Health Department, also in Phoenix.
Part of his retirement plan has been to continue to pursue his enduring passion in all things public health and history. He became aware of the museum after seeing one of our new Public Health Museum signs, visited us online and knew at once he had found a hidden gem. He soon made a visit to the museum and within a few weeks he was leading tours.  David enjoys teaching visitors about the complexities of public health and its vibrant history. In the process he uses storytelling which educates as well as entertains. He believes the museum has good potential for growth and has a vision of a larger space with broader exhibits and programs. David is also a volunteer for the Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps. In this capacity he is engaged in administering vaccinations for COVID and Influenza.
David is happy to be back in his native state and and not worried about learning to embrace New England winters again . He is settling well into retirement, finding the right mix of relaxation and volunteer work. He is looking forward to traveling again to uncommon destinations with his spouse when safe to do so. His other passions are classic cars and cooking. Welcome David!
New volunteers are the key to the success of the museum and are always needed. Apply online or contact Sandra Price, Volunteer Coordinator for more information. Better yet, sign up for a tour!
"America's first public health museum"