Public health topic of museum program

Sheboygan County Hospital, circa 1950 Sheboygan County Hospital, circa 1950 An Apple a Day; Public Health in Sheboygan County is the focus of the Sept. 20 Third Saturday program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

Throughout the history of Sheboygan County there have been those moments when the general health of the citizens has been compromised. Events like the 1918 worldwide flu epidemic did not miss Sheboygan County. Thousands of the county’s citizens fell ill with several hundred dying during the epidemic.

The county also experienced a substantial Tuberculosis scare in the mid-1940’s which almost caused the Taylor House on the museum grounds to be used as a quarantined ward.

There have also been public health issues quite recently. Sheboygan experienced a Legionnaires outbreak in the mid-1980.

As you can see there has been a need for a Public Health Department within the county for almost as long as the county existed. Public health also handles vaccinations, mental health and environmental health issues. Without the people who work in this field these moments could have been much worse than they were.

Examination room, Sheboygan County Hospital, circa 1950 Examination room, Sheboygan County Hospital, circa 1950 We have several presenters joining us to share their experience and knowledge on the topic. Kathleen Finger, retired director of the County Nursing Office, will share her memories from a career that spanned four decades. We will also have Jan Tjaden with us to share her experience as County Public Health manager.

We will also have several folks with us from the Department of Health and Human Services including Diane Liebanthal and Jean Beinemann, program supervisors for the Public Health Division. We will also have Eric Brunnich joining us to share the history of Behavioral Health in Sheboygan County.

We will also be joined by representatives from the Aging and Disability Resource Center, Healthy Sheboygan County, Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Emergency Preparedness and a representative to highlight the 40th anniversary of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

Sheboygan County Red Cross nurses, World War I Sheboygan County Red Cross nurses, World War I We will also be joined by representatives from the Red Cross sharing their role in providing health services to the county citizens. We have with us a representative from the Salvation Army who will share information on their Red Shield Free Clinic as well as a representative from the Blood Center of Wisconsin to talk about their long running organ donation program. Please join us to give thanks to these people who help in keeping our county healthy.

Third Saturdays start at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Guests are welcome any time throughout the day. Lunch is available.

The admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under are free. Members and their guests are free.

The event is sponsored in part by H. C. Denison, Kohler Foundation Inc, Sargento Foods Inc, Windsor Family Foundation, Sheboygan Press, Alliant Energy Foundation, Great Lakes Blue Printers and Radio 1420 AM The Breeze. Third Saturday programs extend from January through October.

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