Civil War Medical Lecture to be held at Lyceum, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Lecture on Civil War nursing, by Chris Foard MSN, RN.

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“Beyond the Call of Duty: Roles and Responsibilities of Civil War Nurses” 

Medical Lecture to be held at The Lyceum, Tuesday, March 29, 7-8:30 pm

Join Chris Foard MSN, RN (The Foard Collection of Civil War Nursing) for an in-depth lecture on the diverse practices of male and female Civil War nurses. Discussion will include an important but largely neglected aspect of Civil War nursing - the roles and responsibilities of nurses in relation to current practices of today. This lecture is based on historical analysis from letters, documents, books and diaries from The Foard Collection of Civil War Nursing.

Reservations are recommended, and tickets are $10/person. To order tickets, visit 

This event is co-sponsored by Carlyle House Historic Park (NOVA Parks) and The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum (Office of Historic Alexandria) and will take place at 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA.

This lecture is part of Alexandria’s citywide programming being done in conjunction with the launch of the PBS television series, “Mercy Street,” which premiered on January 17th, and highlighted the roles of women during the Civil War. “Mercy Street” is the first American-based production in over a decade and highlights a cast of many talented actors. Inspired by events and people who worked and were treated at the Mansion House Hospital (located at the site of present day Carlyle House), this timeless drama has been compared to a Civil War version of “ER.” Carlyle House currently has an exhibit on display entitled “’Who These Wounded Are:’ The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital.” 

For more information, call 703-549-2997 or visit