Civil War medical practices, soldier portraits at museum

Working from old photographs, artist Jay Wittenberg painted this portrait of Adolphus C. Hospes and other members of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

Working from old photographs, artist Jay Wittenberg painted this portrait of Adolphus C. Hospes and other members of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Washington County Historical Society will host historian Ken Martens for a discussion on medical practices in the Civil War.

The free event will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, at the Warden’s House Museum, 602 N. Main St. in Stillwater.

Martens is vice president of the Afton Historical Society and a local expert on the Civil War.

He will address the grisly topics of how doctors viewed illnesses and infections without an understanding of bacteria and viruses, and the types of damage a saber can do on the battlefield.

As a part of the weekend event, the Washington County Historical Society will have on display at two sites, the Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater and the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia, prints of the portrait paintings done by artist Jay Wittenberg of members of the First Minnesota Regiment. Many of these paintings are of soldiers from Washington County.

Hay Lake Museum is located a mile south of downtown Scandia, just off Olinda Trail at 14020 N. 195th St.

For more information contact Sean Pallas at 651-439-5956 or spallas.wchs@gmail.com.

The non-profit Washington County Historical Society collects, preserves, and disseminates the history of the county and state of Minnesota. It is supported by individual gifts, membership fees and foundation grants.  For more information, visit www.wchsmn.org.

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