The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) has honored the life and legacy of its founder, Lillian Wald, the “mother of public health nursing,” by loaning historical artifacts and archival photographs to New York City museums.
Lillian Wald and her 1893 establishing of VNSNY — the nation’s largest not-for-profit home and community-based health care organization — are featured in Activist New York, the inaugural show in the Museum of the City of New York’s new Puffin Foundation Gallery for Social Activism. The museum, located at 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd Street in Manhattan, is open seven days a week, 10-6 p.m. Activist New York will remain on view until May 2014.
VNSNY also collaborated with Yeshiva University Museum, lending artifacts and photos for an additional exhibition featuring Wald and VNSNY history. Entitled “Trail of the Magic Bullet: The Jewish Encounter with Modern Medicine, 1860 to 1960,” this show runs through August 12, 2012. Yeshiva University Museum is located in the Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16th Street near Union Square in Manhattan. 2013 marks the 120th anniversary of Lillian Wald’s founding of VNSNY on New York’s Lower East Side.
Here is a link to a brief video that tells the story.