Wednesday Aug 22 2012
Eagle Scout project gives skeleton ‘Anna’ a home
By: Journal Staff Report
Case uses vintage oak salvaged from a pre-1906 San Francisco pharmacy
It was a chance encounter, but a good one. Boy Scout Kevin Shaver was being seen for a Scout camp physical at Sutter Roseville Pediatrics by Physician Assistant Rod Moser. During a brief conversation, Shaver mentioned that he was going to be pursing the highest rank achievable in the Boy Scouts of America – Eagle Scout. When Moser, P.A., Ph.D. is not caring for patients, he volunteers as curator of the Gold Country Medical History Museum in Auburn, where he has personally donated most of his lifelong collection of rare medical antiques. One item in particular needed a new home. Sitting in the corner, an irresistible curiosity for little hands was “Anna,” the museum’s fragile human skeleton. Moser suggested that building a glass case for Anna would be a wonderful Eagle Scout project. Moser provided Shaver with a variety of vintage oak pieces salvaged from an old San Francisco pharmacy that survived the 1906 earthquake and left the rest up to the Scout’s ingenuity and resourcefulness. Shaver received donations of the glass from Central Glass in Carmichael and a few things donated from Lowe’s in Roseville. The rest was sanding, cutting and sweat equity. Earlier this month Shaver, of Troop 349 in Rocklin, and his mother (along with a few other helpers) managed to move Anna’s new case into the museum. The skeleton fit perfectly and the hand-rubbed oak cabinet matched the other antique display cases. A small plaque adorns the side of the case, forever commemorating Shaver’s addition to the museum. The Gold Country Medical History Museum, a project of the Old Town Auburn Historical Society, is located at 219 Maple St. in Old Town Auburn, just below the historic courthouse. It is housed in the actual Victorian that served as the first hospital in the Gold Country in 1855. The museum is only open by appointment for school groups, families, or individuals. Visit its website at www.goldcountrymedicalmuseum.com.