Meeting at the Dittrick Medical History Center, Feb 23

Cleveland and Rouen
Northeast Ohio and France

When: Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 ‘social hour’ at 5:30 (munchies provided); program 6:00 – 7:00

Where: Dittrick Medical History Center, 11100 Euclid Avenue
(third floor of the Allen Library, across Euclid from Severance Hall)

Jennifer Nieves of the Dittrick and Dianne O’Malia of the Stanley Ferguson Archives of University Hospitals, will present an overview of a project they are developing about resources for information on the Lakeside Unit, a group of physicians, nurses, and others who went to France during World War I and were stationed near Rouen.

Margaret Burzynski-Bays, curator of manuscripts at the Western Reserve Historical Society, will comment on WRHS collections related to the Lakeside Unit.

Fred Lautzenheiser of the Cleveland Clinic will present an overview of the present Cleveland-Rouen connections.  The sister city agreement was signed last July in Rouen, and a lot of new relationships have been established, including some historical interest in the Clevelanders in the war and the Rouennais who led efforts to support them in their difficult task while they were there.

If anyone has collections that illustrate northeast Ohio connections with France, be sure to tell us at the meeting.  We would like to find out about them!

We hope to see you there.


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