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Wornall/Majors Institute Session 1: Snake Oil & Surgeries
June 1 @ 9:00 am - June 30 @ 5:00 pmFree
Wornall/Majors Institute is back for another session! This summer, we will be exploring the unusual history of the nineteenth century through objects in the Wornall/Majors collection using online videos and activities. Each month, we will have an optional companion program and an in-person opportunity to handle and view historic artifacts. New videos and materials will drop on June 1, July 1, and August 1.
Participants who register for all three sessions receive two tickets for the John Wornall House and Alexander Majors House, a $5 gift shop credit for the Wornall House gift shop, and discount admission to our July trivia event!
June 1: Snake Oil and Surgeries
Modern medicine as we know it was just emerging in the nineteenth century, spurred in America by the diseases and injuries of the Civil War. But the era was rife with snake oil, placebos, and well-meaning but ineffective treatments. We’ll look at some of these dubious treatments, and maybe even a handful that actually worked.
Drop-in artifact handling days: Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Wornall House)
Companion program: Wornall/Majors Book Club: Destiny of the Republic with author Candice Millard (June 8 – online).