WCHS event commemorates Battle of Gettysburg

070313_CWmedicposterThe Washington County Historical Society hosts historian Ken Martens in a discussion of medical practices in the Civil War at 2 p.m. Sunday as part of the society’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Martens is a local Civil War expert and vice president of the Afton Historical Society.
Sunday’s event is at the Warden’s House Museum at 902 N. Main St. Martens’ presentation will offer an interesting look at topics such as how doctors viewed illnesses and infections with their knowledge of bacteria and viruses at the time or the types of damage a saber does on the battlefield.

The WCHS will also display painted portraits of soldiers in Company B, 1st Minnesota Regiment, who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg and were all originally from Stillwater.

The portraits were painted by Jay Wittenberg and are displayed on Sunday at both the Warden’s House Museum and the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia. The events are free and open to the public.

Call Sean Pallas at 651-439-5956 for more information.

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