81 West Main Street
Buckhannon, WV 26201

The Summer 2017 Exhibit at the UCHS History Center Museum was entitled ─“The History of Upshur County Hospitals, Doctors, Nurses, and Undertakers: If We Can’t Cure You, We’ll Bury You.” There were units that were dedicated to each of the title components and what we thought perhaps people might find a bit morbid, in reality they found fascinating. We explored the various hospitals from Beers Sanatorium, to the Leonard Memorial Hospital, and St. Josephs. We staged a “typical early doctor’s office” in our corner room complete with antique medical devices [courtesy of Dr. Stephen Smith] and listed all of the early doctors that had practiced in Upshur County. It was interesting to understand that each hospital in the county also had their own nurse’s training programming in their early years. We loved being able to exhibit various artifacts of the nursing profession including uniforms, diploma’s, and photographic images. The undertaker’s unit was the most difficult since some people found it to be a bit too profound with displayed coffins, home embalming equipment, and published broadsides of death notices. The exhibit also explored the role of patent medicine, the company doctor, the polio immunization program, Civil War hospitals and treatments, as well as more contemporary stories on the Emergency Medical Services [in the early days, ambulance service was provided by the local funeral homes]. All in all the Summer 2017 Exhibit was one of our most visited exhibits in recent years. We hosted some special showings of the exhibit by anointment including the Wednesday evening Presbyterian Church group, some out of town visitors, and other groups.
You will not want to miss visiting the History Center Museum between early June and the end of September, 2018, Sunday afternoons, 1-4pm. for our Summer 2018 Exhibit which will be entitled: “From Whence They Came: The Story of Upshur County’s Early Migration s.” We will be exploring the early Virginia Valley settlers, the New Englanders, the Irish settlement, the German Baptist and the Pallotine Sisters of St. Joseph’s, along with some other very lesser known but equally interesting immigrant groups. You won’t want to miss this one, so mark your calendars now.
Each summer we have many returning visitors and some who are visiting for the very first time. We still have too many people who tell us that they want to make a visit but put it off until the exhibit closes. Make a note on your calendar to visit the exhibit this summer. We will look forward to seeing you there. If you are receiving this 2018 Journal you will also receive an exhibit card announcement nearer the beginning of the museum opening.

2017 Exhibit Photographs



















We are very grateful for the generosity of the Fred Brooks Garden Club members who gave us a new outdoor look with expanded flower plantings that were very attractive all summer. They will be revisiting their project again this spring to tidy up and add additional plantings. We will miss one of the main persons in this project, Mrs. Helen Heater, who passed away this past summer. We also thank Donnie R. Tenney of Appalachian Acres for his work in preparing the flower beds for this project.



Upshur County Historical Society
P.O. Box 2082
Buckhannon, WV 26201
Email: info@upshurcountyhistoricalsociety.com
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The Upshur County Historical Society is the county level private, not-for-profit organization that has as its mission the identification, preservation, and perpetuation of all things historical on the county level.

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