Nursing History - Travel

This is a series about travel to places of special interest to nursing history buffs. Please submit your travel stories and photos to AAHN for future features!

Travel Features:

Library of the Archiginnasio, Bologna, Italy

St. Margaret Church, East Wellow, Derbyshire

Selimiye Barracks , Florence Nightingale Museum, Istanbul

World War II Sites in Philippines

Florence Nightingale Sites

Listing of museums of interest to nursing history

Civil War Museum
This museum has a display on Women of the Civil War. "Women of the Civil War Museum is in a separate building devoted entirely to the role women played in the war. The collection portrays women as nurses, spies, soldiers, plantation and factory workers of the period." A manikin dressed as a nurse is standing by a wounded soldier. He is lying on a wooden bed that has holes poked in it (and I've forgotten what the holes are for! I will check and get back to you on that.) There are writeups about a number of other nurses.
310 E. Broadway
Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone: 502-349-0291
www.civil-war-museum.org

Clara Barton National Historic Site
Clara Barton dedicated her life and energies to help others in times of need - both home and abroad, in peacetime as well as during military emergencies. Glen Echo was her home the last 15 years of her life and the structure illustrates her dedication and concern for those less fortunate than herself.
5801 Oxford Road
Glen Echo, MD 20812
Phone: 301-320-1400
www.nps.gov/clba/index.htm

Crile Hospital Archives & Center for History Education
The current project of the archives of this former Army Hospital is to document the history of the African American Nurse. They are eliciting materials to further enhance the collection.
The Crile Archives Western Campus C.C.C.
11000 Pleasant Valley Road
Parma, OH 44130
Phone: 216-987-5594
www.crile-archives.org
Email: james.banks@tri-c.cc.oh.us

Florence Nightingale Museum
Built on the site of St. Thomas Hospital this museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Nightingale. Open Tuesday - Sunday.
2 Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1, 7EW UK
Phone: 00 44 171 620 0374
www.florence-nightingale.co.uk
Email: Curator@florence-nightingale.co.uk

Indiana Medical History Museum
The museum represents the beginning of scientific psychiatry and modern medicine while the building itself is the oldest surviving pathology facility in the nation and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
3045 W. Vermont Street
Indianapolis, IN 46222
Phone: 317-635-7329
www.imhm.org

Musee des Hospitalieres de l'Hotel-Dieu de Montreal
Located next to the Hotel-Dieu Hospital, this museum tells the story of the foundation of Montreal and of the exceptional life of Jeanne Mance. Although not a member of the order, she led the work of cloistered nuns who tended the sick in early Montreal beginning in 1644.
201 Avenue des Pins Ouest
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1R5
Phone: 514-849-2919
www.museedeshospitalieres.qc.ca

National Museum of Civil War Medicine
The National Museum of Civil War Medicine is the premiere repository of exhibits and artifacts devoted to the technological and procedural advances made in the medical field between 1861-1865. These changes occurred in the midst of tremendous social and economic upheaval. The Museum is committed to effectively weaving the narrative of suffering soldiers, caregivers, their families and the dramatic and innovative developments in medical treatment. The Museum utilizes its collection to heighten public awareness of the modern medical practices that originated on the battlefields and in the hospitals of this once divided country. Interactive educational programs, exhibits, seminars and lectures provide the knowledge that Civil War medicine connects us not only to our past, but is the scientific and historical link to our present and our future.
48 East Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21705
Phone: 301-695-1864
www.civilwarmed.org

Seelye Mansion
Contains a patent medicine museum with many artifacts of the A.B. Seelye Medical Company. Founded in 1890, more than 100 products were sold over a 14-state area. Best known cure-alls included Wasa-Tusa, Fro-zona, and Ner-vena.
1105 N. Buckeye
Abilene, KS 67410
Phone: 785-263-1084
www.seelyemansion.org

University of Maryland School of Nursing Living History Museum
The University of Maryland School of Nursing Museum is one of the nation’s only museums dedicated to educating the public about the rich history and heritage of the nursing profession. The Museum features hundreds of original objects and photographs, as well as compelling audio and video presentations. The Museum traces the evolution of the School of Nursing's mission in nursing education, research and practice from its early years as a hospital training school to its emergence as a premier professional school.
655 West Lombard Street, Room 727
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-2822
www.nursing.umaryland.edu/museum
Museum brochure

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