Country Doctor Museum to mark milestone

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The Country Doctor Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Saturday at 6642 Peele Road in Bailey


Staff Writer

Thursday, December 6, 2018

East Carolina University’s Country Doctor Museum in Bailey will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday with an open house event.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum at 6642 Peele Road in Bailey. The event will feature free tours, live music and a birthday cake honoring the museum’s founders and celebrating the museum’s future. Special guests, including Dr. Gloria Flippin Graham, one of the museum’s founders, will be honored at a small ceremony at 11 a.m. in the gift shop area.

The original dedication ceremony for the Country Doctor Museum took place Dec. 8, 1968.

The Country Doctor Museum is the oldest museum in the United States devoted to rural health care history, according to a press release from East Carolina University.  A small group of volunteers, led by Graham and Dr. Josephine E. Newell, founded the museum to honor the memory of rural physicians who faithfully served small towns such as Bailey.

The museum’s collections have grown steadily over the years to include artifacts from the 19th and early 20th centuries and the fields of nursing, pharmacy, homeopathy and transportation, the release said.

The museum was donated in 2003 to the ECU Medical Sciences Foundation. The donation was made in part because of East Carolina University’s focus on primary care and serving rural populations, the release said. The museum is now managed by the Laupus Health Sciences Library.

“This collaboration allows the museum to have access to resources that would not normally be available to a small museum in a rural area,” said Annie Anderson, director and curator of the museum. “It also allows the university to have access to items of educational value in the field of medicine.”