Polio exhibit to open at Roosevelt Institute

An exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian Institution entitled "Whatever Happened to Polio?" will open to the public Aug. 15 at Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs.

The exhibit is on loan for two years and will be set up in Roosevelt Hall, site of the Polio Hall of Fame.

The exhibit tells the story of the polio epidemic in America, development of the Salk vaccine, current worldwide efforts to stop polio transmission and stories of polio survivors, many of whom are expected to visit Warm Springs to see the display.

Rotary International, Georgia Rotary District 6900, the March of Dimes Foundation, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council financed the exhibition. The Rotary groups provided $50,000 and the Georgia Humanities Council put up $10,000.

To be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays, the exhibit will be set up in seven pods and would take 30 minutes to an hour to view. It includes such items as an iron lung; rocking bed used to help those with polio to breathe; President Franklin D. Roosevelt's braces and other braces made at Warm Springs; wooden roller drum used to slowly and constantly turn a flask in which the polio virus grew in monkey kidney tissues from John Enders' lab in 1948; March of Dimes items; and others.