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Florence Nightingale Exhibit Comes to New York

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s death, the Newburgh, N.Y., branch of the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum will showcase a sampling of letters and artifacts written by her as part of a national traveling tribute to “The Lady With the Lamp.”

Included among the exhibits are letters written by Nightingale, a hospital ledger she kept to keep track of illnesses during the Crimean War, and a copy of a bible that she inscribed to one of her patients. Also on display is an award given to Nightingale by Prince Albert and Queen Victoria in honor of her accomplishments in the Crimea.

The Florence Nightingale Exhibit at The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum.

The Karpeles Manuscript Museum also offers display space for local artists. In addition to the artifacts and letters, an art exhibit by Florida artist Joanelle Mulrain is traveling with the display. “The Florence Nightingale Exhibit” will feature six paintings/collages of peak events during Nightingale’s time, two narrative canvases that feature quotes and the poem “Santa Filomena,” which was dedicated to Nightingale by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and a portrait of young Florence.

A receipt showing the authorization by the secretary of war for “the establishment of female nurses in the hospital in Scutari.”

The Newburgh site is one of 10 manuscript libraries in the Karpeles family of museums. The exhibit has been featured at the Karpeles museum in Tacoma, Wash., and will be at the Newburgh site through August, and then continue on to Shrevesport, La., beginning Sept. 1.

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By | 2020-04-15T14:31:41-04:00 June 14th, 2010|Categories: New York/New Jersey Metro, Regional|0 Comments

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