Tours & Events
2017 HOURS: The Museum is open for tours by appointment only.
To book a private, group or school tour contact Shirley at 260-610-3314 or Beverly at 260-636-2312.
Admission: Adults $5; K-12 $3; Pre-school free.
This room contains a vast collection of nurse's uniforms dating from the 1930s. The oldest uniforms and caps are hand-made. The earliest styles were dresses; in later years pants suits became popular and then scrubs and print tops.
On display is a typical surgery tray, less instruments. Housed in cabinets are instruments of the era for everything from the removal of tonsills kidney stones and gall bladders, trochars to drain the belly of excess fluids, curettes, bowel clamps, hip pins, and much more. Around the room is a display of bedpans from the simple and practical to the whimsical.
This room was used for overflow when the 20 beds upstairs were occupied, as well as for children having tonsillectomies. They were close to the doctors if there was a problem, and they also got plenty of attention from the staff and visitors. Before the adjustable bed, an upturned chair with blankets for padding was used to support paitents.
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