In 2021, the American Institute on the History of Pharmacy honored the School of Pharmacy’s Heritage Trail for its notable contributions to preserving and celebrating the history of pharmacy.
“Virginia has a rich pharmacy history, going back over 400 years,” said Joseph DiPiro, Pharm.D., former dean of the VCU School of Pharmacy who currently serves as VCU’s associate vice president for health sciences. “By learning from the Heritage Trail, our students and future pharmacists are building on the work of many generations who came before them.”
Among old bottles, tins, mortars and pestles, visitors also get a glimpse of the human stories behind the School of Pharmacy, such as how much students paid in annual tuition in 1898 ($120) and the careers of notable graduates.
The idea for the trail came from alum and pharmacy historian Al Schalow. The installation was completed in 2021 with support from several partners.
“We were excited to support the creation of the Heritage Trail,” said Margaret Ann Bollmeier, the MCV Foundation’s president and CEO. “Our board felt the trail would provide a nice history of the School of Pharmacy that would be inspirational to current students and recognize the contributions of former students and faculty.”
The trail includes a timeline of major events in the history of pharmacy, as well as information about key individuals and moments from the school’s history.
“History teaches us not just about the past, but about the present, and is a guide to the future," Dr. DiPiro said. “We welcome everyone to come to the lobby of the Smith building to view our collections and stories.”
To learn more about the VCU School of Pharmacy Heritage Trail, watch the Heritage Trail short video series on pharmacy history: https://blogs.vcu.edu/pharmacy/2019/06/introducing-our-heritage-trail-video-series-on-pharmacy-history.
If you would like to support the VCU School of Pharmacy, please contact Louie Correa, the school’s senior director of development, by emailing lacorrea@ vcu.edu or calling 804-828-3016.