Mebane Historical Museum Announces Early 2022 Programs | Culture & Leisure

January 2022 program:

Leprosy Enduring Legacy will take place on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milton McDade Meeting Room, Lower Level.

January is “Health History” month at the Mebane Historical Museum. Each year, one condition is chosen to be presented by Mebane’s medical professional and historian, DeAnne Edwards, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, CEN. This year, the old, but ubiquitous disease in our culture; Leprosy will be presented.

From Leviticus to Top 40 radio, leprosy appears in every corner of our cultural history. Better known today as Hansen’s disease, in the West it may be a disease of the distant past, while in parts of the East it still affects thousands of people each year.

Films such as Ben Hur and Braveheart, countless pieces of literature and paintings of art over the centuries depict the disease at its worst. (Historians of medieval and early medicine agree that most ancient images depicting bubonic plague are actually depictions of leprosy.)

Almost everyone has heard of this dreaded disease, but how many know that only humans and armadillos can catch it?

Join us Monday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milton McDade Meeting Room to uncover the fascinating story of one of the most universally recognizable diseases known to mankind.

February 2022 program:

The Age of Blessing: A Reading and Discussion of local author Vickie Morrow’s Novel will take place on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in the Milton McDade Meeting Room, Lower Level.

Join Vickie Morrow for a reading and discussion of The Age of Blessing, a novel described by author Dr. Vanessa Walker as a “compelling and intimate depiction of the beliefs, personalities, and biases that surface when unlikely housemates learn to defy aging and choose to live a new one.Their story is intergenerational…where humanity can triumph over prejudice…a must-read for anyone wishing to imagine how the past intersects with the present.

Challenging ageism and confronting social injustice, two women from very different backgrounds probe the deep roots of the issues they face. Their electrifying pasts collide with their shared present in this historical (and regional) look at the nation in 2008.

Haven’t read the book yet? You can borrow a copy from the Mebane Historical Museum or the Mebane Public Library. In addition, copies will be available the afternoon of the reading. Welcome to book clubs!


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Patrick F. Williams