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updated: 6/7/2012 3:05 PM

Exhibit looks at medicine through the years

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  • Girl Scouts learn about medicine during the Civil War and practice the twisted suture technique used for treating severe wounds.

      Girl Scouts learn about medicine during the Civil War and practice the twisted suture technique used for treating severe wounds.
    Courtesy of Elk Grove Park District

 
Submitted by Elk Grove Park District

The Elk Grove Historical Museum received a Superior Achievement Award from the Illinois State Historical Society for the 2011 exhibition "The Doctor is In: A History of Medicine in Elk Grove."

This is the highest award given for exhibit projects from this organization.

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"The Doctor is In" documented the history of medicine in Elk Grove, beginning in the 1830s with Dr. Frederick Miner and concluding with the construction of Alexian Brothers Medical Center in the 1960s. It featured information about local physicians, common illnesses, quack medicine and home remedies.

The exhibit contained a reconstructed sick room, herbs in the 4-square garden, and a doctor's surrey in the barn. Alexian Brothers Medical Center and the Elk Grove Parks Foundation helped to fund the project.

The current exhibit, "Scouting About," celebrates the last 100 years of Girl Scouts. "Scouting About" runs through August 2012.

The Elk Grove Historical Museum is at 399 Biesterfield Road, in Elk Grove Village. For details, call (847) 439-3994 or visit www.elkgroveparks.org/museumcampus.asp.

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