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Museum After Hours — Staying Alive in Early Walla Walla: Health, Healing, and Hoaxes with Susan Monahan

  • Fort Walla Walla Museum 755 Northeast Myra Road Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

Staying healthy was a challenge in the early days of our town. This After Hours talk will discuss diseases that threatened our citizens, the doctors who cared for them, and the hospitals and pest houses where the sick were treated. Susan will share firsthand accounts from early newspapers and also entries from personal journals and diaries that detail the heartbreak of the diseases and health hazards of the time.

Sometimes the cures were more dangerous than the maladies. Not all remedies were effective and some were downright fraudulent. Come and learn about the patent medicines, medical procedures, and newfangled technology of the time.

The talk will include a slideshow featuring historic photos and maps, and will be enhanced with examples of medical artifacts from Fort Walla Walla Museum's collection. This presentation is free.

Museum After Hours is a free monthly presentation series to be held on the last Thursday of every month. We provide a space for community congregation, discussion, and debate. The event touches on topics ranging from regional culture and history to the roles and responsibilities of museums within our community. The talks will take place in the Entrance Building at 5:00 pm from March through October and 4:00 pm from November through February.

Earlier Event: May 29
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Later Event: May 30
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