A new series of historical presentations at the Effingham County Museum will begin Thursday. The presentation will begin at 7:00pm, and will feature speakers celebrating the story of Effingham County.
The first program in the series will feature Effingham County Public Health Administrator Rebecca Merten and Health Board member Linda Ruholl. They will be focusing on the history of the Effingham County Health Department, and its goat to “protect and promote the health of the residents of the county.”
Merten and Ruholl wil trace the development of health services in the County by focusing on three distinct eras of local health history. They will first talk about what existed prior to the County Health Department, a time in which there was the TB Board with its sanitarium system. The second part of the presentation will educate the audience about the creation of the local Health Board. The final part of the presentation will then focus on the aftermath of the 1949 St. Anthony hospital fire. One major point of interest in this final part of the presentation will be the “Home Delivery System,” which functioned from the very night of the fire until February of 1954 when the new hospital was available to take care of the critical need of delivering babies.
Any interested members of the public are encouraged to attend the presentation to learn more about local history. The series, which will be held on the second Thursday of each month through March of next year, is sponsored by the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association.