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Historical Society unveils ‘Civil War Medicine – Hollywood Style’

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WAUSAU — The Marathon County Historical Society presents “Civil War Medicine – Hollywood Style (The Good, The Bad, The Ugly),” another topic in its History Speaks series.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau. The speaker is Dr. Gordon Dammann, a retired dentist and collector of Civil War medicine artifacts.

Using film clips, Dammann will explain how Hollywood portrays Civil War medicine, and how that portrayal reflects reality – or not.

In 1971, Dammann and his wife, Karen, started collecting medical artifacts from the Civil War, according to the Marathon County Historical Society. They eventually founded the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Maryland, to share that collection with the public. He wrote “Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment,” a three-volume set. He co-authored “Images of Civil War Medicine—A Photographic History.”

There is no admission fee; donations are appreciated. Registration is not required.

For more information, call the Marathon County Historical Society at 715-842-5750.

Photo courtesy Marathon County Historical Society.

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