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Country Doctor Museum hosting annual Oral History Day

Posted on May 9, 2022

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The Country Doctor Museum in Bailey is hosting an oral history event Wednesday.

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The Country Doctor Museum in Bailey is hosting an oral history event Wednesday.

BAILEY — The public is invited to participate in the Country Doctor Museum’s 3rd annual Oral History Day on from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

Working in partnership with Southern Nash High School’s Advanced Placement U.S. History class, the event seeks to record stories and memories of community members about their growing up years.

The students will conduct the interviews at the museum. Rounds of interviews are scheduled every 20 minutes. To participate or for more information call the museum at 252-235-4165.

Museum Director Annie Anderson said she hopes community members will volunteer to be interviewed for this event.

“Oral History Day allows us to bridge the generational gap when the high school students have meaningful conversations with older residents,” Anderson said. “What better way to learn history than from each other?”

The Oral History Day event resumes after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. At prior Oral History Day events, the museum became a community gathering spot with many individuals arriving to share their personal experiences.

Established in 1967 as one of the first museums in the country dedicated to the history of rural medicine, the Country Doctor Museum was donated to the Medical & Health Sciences Foundation of East Carolina in 2003. The museum is now managed as part of the Collections and Historical Services Department of ECU’s Laupus Health Sciences Library.

The Country Doctor Museum continues to honor the work of rural physicians and hopes to enlighten and inspire guests about the rich history of country doctors. The Country Doctor Museum is located at 7089 Peele Road in Bailey. Call the museum for more information at 252-235-4165.

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