Rediscovering Our WWI Nursing Sisters

By Lindsay Advocate

Follow the Olde Gaol museum’s quest to unearth the tales behind four local women who served as nurses during the war to end all wars, and discover what their stories mean for us today.

The public has had a taste of this topic on a few occasions over the last two years: through events like the Where Duty Leads: Waving Off The 109th Farewell Concert and last fall’s Unsung Heroes church service of thanksgiving and commemoration; as well as through exhibits like Their Votes Counted.

Through these presentations, the museum is inviting the public to not only hear the historical “backstories” behind some of these women we’ve remembered in drama and exhibit, but also to consider what the research “journey” has meant for the museum.  In particular:

It’s important to remind ourselves that history can surprise.

It’s important to remind of the significant roles played by women in both local and national history.

It’s important to remind that museums aren’t just in the business of telling the blockbuster stories of fame and fortune, might and power.

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