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Learn about Nursing and Medicine in the Civil War at a Lecture by Dr. Sandra W. Moss, March 19

ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee invites the public to hear a special lecture by Sandra W. Moss, M.D., Program Chair and Past-President of the Medical History Society of New Jersey, on Wednesday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m.

The lecture by Dr. Moss, entitled “Women Healers in the Civil War,” will be presented at the First Presbyterian Church (“Old First”) located at 42 Broad Street in historic midtown Elizabeth, at 2:00 p.m. The program is free of charge and the public is invited. After the lecture, please visit the special exhibit on Civil War nursing and medicine at the Union County Courthouse, 2 Broad Street, next door to the church. To reserve a seat for the lecture, please call 908-527-4999. Parking is available nearby in the J. Christian Bollwage municipal garage on Caldwell Place at Elizabethtown Plaza.

“Union County is honored to have Dr. Sandra Moss speak here about the important role of women as healers during the Civil War as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1861-65 conflict,” said Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi, chairman of the committee. “We welcome visitors to the Old First church and the Courthouse to learn more about the importance of nurses to members of the U.S. armed forces and about the experiences of Union County residents during the Civil War.”

Sandra Moss, M.D., M.A. (history) is a clinician historian who focuses on 19th century New Jersey medicine. She is past president and current program chair of the Medical History Society of New Jersey and recently completed a term as president of the American Osler Society, an international organization for clinician historians. Dr. Moss has taught courses in the history of medicine and she speaks frequently before local, state, and national audiences on a variety of historical topics, including the history of military medicine. Her latest book, “Edgar Holden, M.D., of Newark: Provincial Physician on a National Stage,” will be published later this year.

The Civil War Exhibit is on display until 2015 in the rotunda of the Union County Courthouse. The exhibit may be viewed weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The displays will change from time to time. Anyone wishing to loan historical artifacts from the Civil War era for the exhibit can contact committee member Katherine Craig at 908-282-7617. All objects will be secured, locked and acknowledged.