Annual Meeting: Medicine and Politics in 18th-century Worthington; The Diaries of Dr. Elihu Ashley, 1773-1775. Sunday, October 20, 6:30pm, at the WHS building, 6 Williamsburg Rd. across from the Corners Grocery. Free admission, donations encouraged. From 1773 to 1775, a young doctor’s apprentice named Elihu Ashley kept a fascinating journal documenting medical practices in Western Massachusetts, including Worthington, where he worked for some time. His diaries also delve into local intrigues and stirrings of the American Revolution.
The Meeting is open to the public, and you do not have to be or become a member to attend.
The Meeting begins at 6:30 with some obligatory WHS business matters. Then at 7pm, Barbara Mathews, Ph.D., Historic Deerfield’s Public Historian and director of academic programs, will give a 40-minute presentation on the illuminating Ashley diaries, followed by Q&A and complimentary treats. As an added bonus, Worthington native Ben Brown will exhibit some old medicine bottles exhumed from Worthington soil.