A daylong celebration at the oldest museum in the nation dedicated to the history of rural health care will be held Saturday, April 21. From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., the Country Doctor Museum will host “History Alive! A 50th Anniversary Celebration” – a family-friendly event that aims to offer visitors a glimpse into the past. Free activities will include museum tours, a petting zoo and horse-drawn carriage rides from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Join Laupus Library’s History Collections staff on April 16-19 for a series of demonstrations about preserving artifacts and manuscripts. Learn more about book preservation, caring for photographs, digitizing items for the database, performing conservation on artifacts and archival materials, packing and storing family heirlooms, and more. Handouts and supplemental materials will be available each day.
April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study — they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.
The Medical History Interest Group will host “Death and Diversity in Civil War Medicine,” presented by Dr. Margaret Humphreys, the Josiah Charles Trent Professor in the History of Medicine at Duke University, on Mar. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery. Humphrey’s talk will explore the ways in which social determinants of health, particularly nutritious food and nursing care, explain much of this differential mortality.
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Laupus Library will open the art exhibit “Eye Rain and Heart Cramps,” with a 4:30-6:30 p.m. opening reception on April 10 in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the fourth floor of the library. On display through June 1, the exhibit showcases a collection of paintings and mixed media artworks by April Holbrook, administrative support specialist for clinical financial services in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. “Art is my therapy,” said Holbrook. “I feel as if every soul on this earth is here to leave some mark on the world and I feel my purpose was to create things to make others feel like they are not alone.”
Did you happen to miss the last Medical History Interest Group lecture, Clara Louise Maass: Servant Nurse Leader Undaunted, presented by Professor and Director, MSN Nursing Education, Carol E. Winters, PhD, RN, CNE? If so, no worries. Laupus Library invites you to watch the video by visiting http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/laupuslibrary/HOM/archives.cfm.
Many North Carolinians offered their services to the war effort both at home and abroad. Doctors and nurses volunteered to treat the various ailments and injuries in military hospitals and on the battlefront. Currently on exhibit through March 18 in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery on the fourth floor of Laupus Library, “North Carolina & The Great War: Medical Professionals on the Western Front” offers insight into the work of medical professionals in the war, highlighting the roles of both men and women.