Sunday, June 23 2013 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Linda Zach Civil War Medicine Lecture
Please join us at the Willard Chapel on Sunday, June 23 at 2pm as the Community Preservation Committee expands its publicly offered events with an exciting presentation by Linda Zach. A Civil War lecturer, reenactor and longtime emergency room nurse, Ms. Zach will share various aspects of wartime medicine including medical instruments and procedures, and the life stories of two fascinating women, Drs. Elizabeth Blackwell and Mary Walker.
Dr. Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S., created a wartime nurse education program and medical supply distribution system that became the U.S. Sanitary Aid Commission. Dr. Walker, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, pushed the boundaries of women's rights on the battlefield, serving capably as a war surgeon and much of the time without official sanction or compensation. She may have been more famous for her habit of wearing men's clothing in the field, including a uniform she designed herself.
A follow-up lecture by Ms. Zach honoring other Civil War-era women including Harriet Tubman will take place on September 15 at 2pm.