Visit the Hays House Museum in Bel Air Sunday at 1 p.m. and explore the health issues and illnesses that plagued 18th century women and children.
Visitors will see a display of historic medical equipment and find out about herbal medicines, midwifery practices and Quaker contributions to medicine, surgery and dentistry.
Your guide to the fascinating art and mystery of medical practices and theories of the time is Nancy Webster, a Past Masters history interpreter who has studied 18th century domestic life and Quaker material culture for more than 40 years.
This special event is the second of four "Preserving Our Past" presentations organized by the Hays House Museum volunteers to engage visitors in discussions about our ancestors' everyday lives.
The Hays House Museum is at 324 Kenmore Ave. in Bel Air. Admission to this special event is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.
For more information about the Hays House Museum and this event, e-mail HaysHouseMuseum@gmail.com or call the Historical Society, 410-838-7691.
The Hays House was built in 1788 and is a history-in-action museum and a valuable educational resource that actively illustrates and recreates to the extent possible the social, cultural, economic and practical aspects of the daily life of rural gentry from 1788 to 1820.
The "Preserving Our Past" series is sponsored by The Historical Society of Harford County Inc. and is made possible in part by a grant from the Maryland Council for the Arts through the Harford County Cultural Arts Board and Harford County government.
The Historical Society of Harford County is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to collect, preserve, present, promote and interpret the rich and diverse history of the Harford County area, in its regional context, from its prehistoric origins to the present.
For more information, visit the Historical Society's website. http://www.harfordhistory.org.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun