July 2015: Health and Hygiene
John Elberfeld readies the new exhibit about personal health and hygiene.
The Wolford family adult commode is an 1850s Hitchcock-type chair with stenciling and removable chamber pot. Member Zenie Gladieux of Berne donated the chair.
Coping with Life's Necessaries: Cleanliness and Sanitation in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Sunday, July 26, 2:00
Knox Town Hall, 2192 Berne-Altamont Road, Knox (Altamont ZIP 12009)
Join us for a fascinating look into the past. Our speaker from Albany's Schuyler Mansion will acquaint us with the ways our ancestors coped with primitive water supplies and inadequate waste disposal. The topic may not seem pretty or appealing, but here in the Hilltowns, many residents faced the same challenges well into the modern era.
The Saddlemire Homestead will be open 2:00-4:00 that afternoon. Visit our new display on personal health and hygiene. We're showcasing several items from our collection, as well as engravings and quotations from the book The Guide-Board to Health, Peace and Competence by Dr. W. W. Hall. Learn more about Dr. Hall here.