January 2022 Program: 

The Lasting Legacy of Leprosy will take place on Monday, January 17, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milton McDade Meeting Room, lower level.

January is “history of health” month at the Mebane Historical Museum.  Each year a condition is chosen to be featured by Mebane medical professional and historian, DeAnne Edwards, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, CEN.  This year, the ancient, but ever-present in our culture disease; Leprosy will be presented. 

From Leviticus to Top 40 radio, Leprosy appears throughout all corners of our cultural history.  Better known today as Hansen’s Disease, in the West it may be an illness of the far past, while in parts of the East, it still affects thousands each year. 

Films such as Ben Hur and Braveheart, countless pieces of literature, and fine art paintings over centuries, depict the disease at its worst. (Historians of Medieval and early medicine agree that most ancient imagery illustrating the Bubonic plague, in actuality, are renderings of Leprosy.) 

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

Join us on Monday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. in the Milton McDade meeting room to discover the fascinating history 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 on The Age of Blessing, a novel described by author Dr. Vanessa Walker as a “Compelling and intimate portrayal of the beliefs and personalities and prejudices that surface when unlikely roommates learn to challenge aging and choose to live anew. Theirs is a cross-generational story ….where humanity can triumph over prejudice ….a must read for those interested in imagining how the past intersects with the present.” 

Defying ageism and confronting social injustice, two women from two very different backgrounds probe the deep roots of the problems 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. Book Clubs welcome!