The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 1, 2013

100-year-old guest of honor at program

From staff reports

FRANKLIN, Kan. — A month-long exhibit "The Way We Worked in Health Care" is on display at the Miners’ Hall Museum at the Franklin Community Center, 701 S. Broadway Ave.

At 1 p.m. Sunday a special program called “This is Your Life” will serve as the exhibit's opening program. It will include storytelling and memory sharing about health care in the last century and more. The guest of honor will be 100-year-old Cecelia Waggoner, a nurse who worked at Mount Carmel Hospital, taught at the Mount Carmel School of Nursing, and founded the nursing program at Pittsburg State University. Numerous area doctors, nurses and other caregivers also have been invited to take part.

Officials with Via Christi Hospital, the exhibit's host, are gathering archives and artifacts from the hospital’s collection and several other health care providers in the area to include.

The exhibit is part of the year-long buildup to the Smithsonian exhibition “Museum on Main Street, the Way We Worked in America” coming to the Miners Hall in May.

Admission is free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, in addition to Sunday for the special program.