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Skeeters, Germs & Diseases
During the antebellum period of the 1800's, before pharmacies were available on every corner people often had to look to home remedies to keep in good health. During the Civil War diseases and infection were just as deadly as battle related injuries. Field surgeons and doctors began to understand and appreciate the value of medicine and good hygiene. Come and learn about the "aedis aegypti," yellow fever, spreading germs and historic homeopathy through hands-on activities and crafts. Admission is free as part of our First Weekends, First Saturdays programming series.
FRIENDS LECTURE SERIES: Kathryn Fisher, Wrecks & Rescues: The U.S. Life-Saving Service and Wrecks of the Virginia Coast
Between the years 1878 and 1915, over 600 shipwrecks were documented along the Virginia coast. Sponsored by the Friends of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum join us as we host Kathryn Fisher, Director of the Old Coast Guard Station Museum as she discusses some of the tragic shipwrecks and how the United States Life-Saving Service (predecessor of the Coast Guard) aided to those in distress. Ms. Fischer will also discuss the mission of the Old Coast Guard Station Museum and the service it continues to provide with educating the general public about the Life-Saving Service. This presentation is free admission.