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Digital Historical Interpreters Workshop Presented by the Blue and Gray Hospital Association
August 29 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm EDT| $50 NMCWM member/$60 non-member
Due to concerns about the spread COVID-19, we are hosting a digital version of the Historical Interpreters Workshop
Due to concerns about the spread COVID-19, we are hosting a digital version of the Historical Interpreters Workshop. Attendees will be able to learn about Civil War medicine from the comfort and safety of their homes. The presentations will go on as planned, but the setting will be online. Registrants will receive a link for the workshop the day prior to the event.
The Blue and Gray Hospital Association presents the annual Historical Interpreters Workshop at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.
On Saturday, August 29, 2020, Museum volunteers and living historians will present on a number of important topics related to the incredible history of Civil War medicine. This one-day symposium is designed for students of the American Civil War and for those working or volunteering at historical sites and organizations.
“Civil War Medicine: It’s Not What You Think” is a motto at the museum and this symposium demonstrates the depth and complexities to the story of medical care during the American Civil War.
Presentations will run throughout the day, with a break for lunch. Tickets are $50 for Museum members and Blue and Gray Hospital Association members and $60 for the general public. Registrants will receive a link for the workshop the day prior to the event.
Tentative Schedule of Events:
8:00 – 8:15 AM Welcome and Introduction
8:15 – 9:15 AM Carolyn Ivanoff – Clara Barton
Many know Clara Barton as a Civil War nurse, but that’s only part of her legacy. By the time of her death in 1912, her life’s work touched millions around the world, and continues to do so today.
9:15 – 10:15 AM Mavis Slawson – Wheelchairs throughout the Years
The wheelchair is an important piece of the recovery process for many amputees throughout the Civil War. Their development through the years may surprise you.
10:15 – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 PM Bob Slawson – Food Preservation
Nutrition impacts how susceptible the body is to disease. Dr. Slawson will uncover how 19th century Americans preserved food in the age before refrigerators.
11:30 – 1:00 PM Break for Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 PM Ron Kirkwood, author of “Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals”
Gettysburg was the deadliest single battle of the Civil War producing 50,000 casualties of three days. This presentation features a close look at one field hospital, the George Spangler farm, and the challenging conditions faced by both doctors and patients.
2:00 – 2:15 PM Break
2:15 – 3:15 PM Jon Willen – The History of the National Museum of Health and Medicine
The Army Medical Museum (today the National Museum of Health and Medicine) was created during the Civil War as a research tool to advance medical knowledge. Jon Willen will reveal how intricate process of shipping medical samples across the country and how doctors then and now learned from them.
3:15 – 3:30 PM Conclusions/Thanks for virtually attending