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Museum of Nursing History Acknowledges a Generous Donation from Abington Hospital Dixon School of Nursing

The Board of the Museum of Nursing History wishes to acknowledge the generosity of the Board of the Abington Hospital- Dixon School of Nursing Alumni.  This very generous donation has enabled the Museum of Nursing History board to purchase needed archival supplies and two display cases.  This donation greatly assists the museum to honor our ongoing […]

American Red Cross- Serving the Public for 135 Years

One hundred and thirty-five years ago, on May 21, 1881, Clara Harlow Barton attended  the first meeting focused on what would  become the Red Cross Society.  The Chicago Tribune reported on the meeting the following day. It was entitled, The Red Cross: Its Organization. “Washington, D.C., May 21- At a meeting this evening, largely attended […]

Nursing Education at Thomas Jefferson College of Nursing 1891-Present

The first home of Thomas Jefferson hospital was the old Tivoli Theater located at 518 Locust St, Philadelphia.  The first operation was performed in 1825  by Dr. George McClellan.  It wasn’t until 1838 that the medical department of the Jefferson College of Cannonsburg, established a separate and independent corporate body under the name Thomas Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. The […]

Baby “NURSE” Picture: Child Raised by Nursing Staff for a Year

An interesting article published in the Niagara-Gazette on Feb 29, 2016  described an unusual role for nurses.  Michele DeLuca is to be commended for sharing this remarkable story.  Check out the complete story at

Public Health/Visiting Nurses Articles on Display

Public Health and Visiting nurses have served valiantly in many locations and varied situations. The museum has many informative articles on display for our visitors that recognize the skills of the nurses in this very challenging field. The Museum has these wonderful articles thanks to our many donors and supporters and the display can be […]

Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing Pin on display

The beautiful pin of Peter Bent Brigham School of Nursing is now displayed at the Museum of Nursing History.  This donation has an explanation of  the meaning of the embossed symbols found on the pin.  The school was established in 1913 in the County of Suffolk, MA. Carrie M. Hall was the superintendent and first […]

Abington Memorial Hospital Dixon School of Nursing

The Dixon School of Nursing has graduated more than 4000 nurses since establishment in 1915.  The current school will close in 2017 following the graduation of the evening/weekend  classes.  Research supports educating and employing BSN prepared nurses.  Many hospitals are moving toward  an all BSN educated RN staff.  Therefore, the expansion of the Dixon School […]

Mary Louise Roberts Wilson (1914-2001)

World War II Army nurse, 1st Lt. Mary Louise Roberts, the first female in the history of the United States Army to be awarded the Silver Star. The Silver Star is awarded  for bravery, courage and service above and beyond the call of duty. Mary Louise had landed five days into the battle of Anzio […]

Cap Representing St. Joseph College Nursing Program

St. Joseph School for Women was founded in 1916 by the Sisters of St. Joseph and the first class graduated in 1920. The School transitioned over the years to become the St Joseph College of Nursing. It remains active in the education of nurses as well as other professions. The Museum of Nursing History is so pleased to […]