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Historical And Preservation Society of

Pottawattamie County Annual

Meeting and Banquet Sunday, October 21

     It's been a very busy and eventful twelve months for the Society.  All members are very much encouraged to attend the annual banquet and business metting for a chance to catch up on the developments of the past year and plans for the future.  The event will be held at the beautiful Bayliss Park Hall, 530 First Avenue, just north of Bayliss Park from noon until 2 Sunday, October 21.

     Society President Mariel Wagner will update members on Society business.  HPSPC Board Member Wayne Andersen will present a program about the South Eight Street area and the Society's efforts to have it designated a historic district.  A catered meal will be served.

     Reservations are required; call the Society at (712) 325-2609.

     Early 20th Century hospitals were built the way they were for good functional reasons.  Examining such a hospital building provides a great insight as to the state of health care over a hundred years ago and how architecture was used to improve function and get around the limitations.

     HPSPC member Michael Winchester will use the blueprints of Mercy Hospital's Washington Avenue facility as the springboard to gain an insight as to the state of the art of health care and life in Council Bluffs in general circa the dawn of 20th Century in a program Sunday, October 28, 2 p.m. at Bayliss Park Hall, 530 First Avenue just north of Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs.

     Technology as we think of it today was quite limited when the hospital was built in 1903.  Designers had to be innovative in their design to make the new building function in a manner that contributed to rather than hindered the delivery of health care.

     There is no admission charge for the program.

Hospital Design and Healing-- How Health Care Realities Shaped Architecture