Public health nursing showcased in museum exhibition

New York City’s museums are some of the most well known, distinctive, and influential in the world. Now, they’re commemorating the life and influence of the “mother of public health nursing,” Lillian Wald, as well as the organization she founded, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the largest nonprofit home health care organization in the United States.

This past summer, the Museum of the City of New York added a permanent display in its new Puffin Foundation Gallery for Social Activism documenting Wald’s life and the 119-year history of the VNSNY. The display is a part of the Activist New York exhibition and was assembled with help from current VNSNY staff. Open every day from 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., the museum can be found at 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York.

VNSNY staff also worked with the Yeshiva University Museum in its exhibition “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860 to 1960.” Though that show concluded in August 2012, visitors can still explore other exhibits at the museum, open Sunday through Friday, located at 15 West 16th Street, New York, New York.