Mary Jewett Telford, Civil War Nurse

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Date(s) - 03/19/2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fairport Historical Museum


Fairport Historical Museum Director, Vicki Masters Profitt, will present the story of Mary Jewett Telford, Civil War Nurse, Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:00pm.

As the Civil War raged, Mary Jewett fought her own battle to become a nurse to the soldiers. Despite being turned away by Dorothea Dix and the U.S. Sanitary Commission, Mary persevered and was commissioned a nurse at Hospital No. 8 in Nashville, Tennessee. This determination to help others led to an extraordinary life of service.

In 1883, Mary became a charter member of the Woman’s Relief Corps, an organization dedicated to aiding Civil War soldiers and their families. By writing short stories, editing various publications and traveling the country speaking for temperance, Mary was able to support her husband Jacob Telford, a soldier who had been severely wounded at the battle of Stones River. Mary’s service to others ended only with her death in 1906, but her legacy lives on in the veterans’ relief organization she helped to found.

Vicki Masters Profitt became acquainted with Mary Jewett Telford in 2009 while researching the Civil War veterans of Monroe County, NY. Vicki’s Illuminated History blog shines a light on the lives of these local heroes. Employed as the Director of the Fairport Historical Museum, Vicki also serves as Vice-President of the Perinton Historical Society. Her first book, Pittsford, was released in 2013 as part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Fairport Historical Museum, home of the Perinton Historical Society, is nestled in the Village of Fairport and is a showcase of local artifacts, biographies and history.

The Museum houses more than 6 paintings from renowned artist, and late Fairport resident, Carl Peters. Peter’s works include portraits, landscapes, and the Museum’s star attraction, an oil-on-canvas WPA mural commissioned and installed in 1938 by the Fairport Public Library, original tenant of the current building.

Fairport Historical Museum, 18 Perrin Street, Fairport, NY 14450
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The Museum is open each Sunday and Tuesday from 2pm -4 pm and Saturdays from 9am – 1pm, with the exception of major holidays. Admission is free and open to the public. The Museum is closed from mid-December through February, reopening the first week of March. During recess, presentations are hosted at the Fairport Public Library and in the Museum on specific dates when publicized. Free parking in the Fairport Village Landing and limited parking is available on Perrin Street.