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Pictures That Shaped Nursing’s Past

Feb. 25, 1811, is a day that created a path for many nurses in Boston. On that day, the Massachusetts Legislature granted a charter to decide upon “An act to incorporate certain persons by the name of Massachusetts General Hospital.”

The approval of that act marked the official formation of MGH and what would eventually become McLean Hospital, an MGH affiliate.

To commemorate that 200-year-old event, hospital leadership joined government officials at the State House on Feb. 25 for a ceremonial renewal of the charter.

This is one of many events, programs and activities planned throughout the year to commemorate the hospital’s bicentennial. Available at the online gift shop May 1, the book “MGH Nursing at Two Hundred,” provides a rare overview of 200 years of nursing at the country’s third-oldest general hospital.

Overlapping with National Nurses Week, a photo exhibit at the Massachusetts State House titled “MGH Nursing at Two Hundred” will be on display May 2-13 in Doric Hall, adjacent to Nurses Hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Here is a sampling from that exhibit, which highlights events that shaped healthcare and the nursing profession in profound ways.

Historic gallery illustrates timeline of nursing at MGH.


Photo gallery:

The MGH General Store:

MGH Nursing at Two Hundred, State House Photo Exhibit:

Or go to, “Things to Do,” and search for nursing history in May.

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