Geneva, N.Y.: In conjunction with the centennial of the end of World War I and the Geneva Historical Society's current exhibit, A Changing World: Geneva and World War I, the Historical Society's Fall Lecture Series features programs about the war. The second lecture in the series is on Tuesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. Ontario County Historian Preston Pierce will present “Nursing in the Great War.”
After providing a brief review of the past experience of nurses in the US military, Dr. Pierce will look at the progression of nursing just before and during World War I. He will examine how the war fits into the early-20th-century development of professional registered nursing. Finally, he will examine the concept of an Army Reserve. Specific nurses from the Ontario County area will be cited as examples.
In addition to his role as Ontario County Historian, Dr. Preston Pierce is the Museum Educator at the Ontario County Historical Society and Museum in Canandaigua. He teaches at Finger Lakes Community College and is retired from the Victor Central School District.
The lecture series concludes on November 27 with “The Perfect Storm: WWI and the Flu Pandemic of 1918” by Finger Lakes Community College professor Robert Brown.
This lecture is supported in part by the Samuel B. Williams fund for programs in the Humanities and is free and open to the public. For more information about the program, call the Geneva Historical Society office at 315-789-5151. The Geneva History Museum is located in the Prouty-Chew House at 543 South Main Street, Geneva, NY. Parking is on the street or in the Trinity Episcopal Church lot across the street