Help St. Mary’s Identify Historic Artifacts at an Archival Open House

March 22nd, 2017

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Tucked away in the archives of St. Mary’s General Hospital are historical treasures gathered for nearly 100 years.

On March 25 the public will have a rare opportunity to view some of the collection at an open house being held at Forest Heights Public Library in Kitchener. Hosted by St. Mary’s Medical Library, displays at the free event will include an electrocardiogram machine and other vintage medical equipment dating back to 1880. There will also be nursing uniforms, a doctor’s bag, school of nursing graduation photos, St. Mary’s landmark documents and more, for the public to view. These artifacts shed new light on the history of the hospital and medical practice in bygone days.

St. Mary’s is calling on the community to help identify artifacts once used at the hospital in order to help the Medical Library categorize and document the collection. “The artifacts open a window into the history of not only our hospital, but the development of a community that continues to be a cornerstone of the Kitchener-Waterloo area,” says Laura Paprocki, St. Mary’s Medical Librarian.

“We are excited to share some of our discoveries with the public and hope these artifacts will inspire others to reminisce about stories of the past,” she says.

Date: March 25, 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Free admission and parking

Location: Forest Heights Public Library, 251 Fisher Hallman Rd., Kitchener, Ontario




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