Local History: Medical exhibit opening at Goodsell Museum

Gail Murray, left, Historical Association Executive Director, and volunteer, Deb Evans, stand next to an early wooden wheelchair, while holding up a physician's coat worn by Dr. Stuart Nelson. Many other artifacts will be on display in the Medicine Up North Exhibit that opens Friday, November 25. Photo by Carol Hansen.

The Goodsell Museum, home of the Town of Webb Historical Association, will open the doors to its newest exhibit, “Medicine Up North,” on Friday, November 25.

The exhibit will include a variety of artifacts, photographs and information about doctors, nurses, dentists and health care professionals, as well as the people and modes of transportation needed to move patients to medical help from the 1800s to the present day.

Often, interesting facts are uncovered when researching a new exhibit topic, and this year was no exception, according to Gail Murray, executive director of the museum.

“References to tuberculosis were noted, and the fresh cool mountain air was a draw bringing significant people to the area who turned out to be some of the founding fathers. Interesting stories of transporting patients by airplane, train and foot, speak to the dedication of the health care professionals in this part of the Adirondacks,” Murray said.

The Historical Association hopes to collect more information, photographs and stories on the subject as their mission is to collect, preserve, protect and share.

The Goodsell Museum is located at 2993 State Route 28, across the road from the Old Forge post office. It is open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. More information is available by calling (315) 369-3838 or visiting: www.webbhistory.org.

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