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March 20th, 2018
March 20th, 2018
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Spring Lecture Series: A Few Nurses of Grey, Pioneer - Present

Join Joan Hyslop. In the late 1970s, a trove of Owen Sound General & Marine Hospital School of Nursing graduation photographs, and other nursing memorabilia items, were deposited at the County of Grey-Owen Sound Museum. Now these items are at Grey Roots Museum & Archives, and a few more nursing items have joined the collection since the museum moved to the Grey Roots location. Over the years, museum staffer, Joan Hyslop (her Dad is a retired Registered Nurse), was intrigued by these nurses, and their unpaid predecessors in Grey County. A particular interest of hers is how local nurses participated in the First World War, and the changes in disease threats and medical technology in the 20th-century. A Few Nurses of Grey: Pioneer – Present will be complemented by a display case of artefacts from the collection highlighting vintage nursing items.   

Joan Hyslop was born in Owen Sound, and has family roots in Grey County that go back to the mid-19th-century. She attended McMaster University, graduating in 1987 with an Honours BA in History. That same year, she joined the County of Grey-Owen Sound Museum staff, as Registrar-Archivist. When the museum collection was transferred to the Grey Roots site in 2004, she and a dedicated group of historical interpreters packed up the artefacts to move them to the new site, and then she became the Grey Roots Registrar at that time. In addition to cataloguing items that join the collection, she still spends a lot of time in the archives to verify information and learn more about the former owners and makers of artefacts. She also enjoys helping with display texts and research. Just about every theme of local history fascinates her, but stories of overcoming adversity, medical and nursing history, military history, old stores and industries in the area, Black history, Scottish artefacts, Chinese history connections to Grey, and Indigenous history (the Nawash Band, Catharine B. Sutton, etc.) are especially of interest to her.

This presentation is part of our Spring Lecture Series taking place in our Theatre on Tuesdays March 20, 27, April 3 & 10, 2018 (series starts the Tuesday after March Break). Talks begin at 2:30 p.m., except April 10 presentation has a special start time of 1 p.m. Complimentary refreshments following. Free with admission. Members free as always. Check out the advantages of being a Grey Roots member.

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