Mrs. Fletcher spoke on the importance and value of preserving Kentucky’s historical treasures
Frankfort, KY: First Lady Glenna Fletcher was a guest speaker at a luncheon held at the Ephraim McDowell House Museum on Thursday, October 28. The museum, located in Danville, KY, was the home of Dr. Ephraim McDowell who is internationally recognized as the “Father of Abdominal Surgery”.
“It is important for us to preserve such great treasures as the McDowell House,” stated Mrs. Fletcher. “Historic preservation is saving our past, our rich heritage and our historic environments. It provides an avenue to enrich and revitalize our lives and communities.”
The First Lady spoke on the value of preserving this historic home and the importance of teaching our children about the rich heritage in our great Commonwealth. She also noted, “It’s vitally important for young people to learn about their history. An understanding and appreciation of history makes every American a more engaged citizen.”
Dr. McDowell’s home and apothecary shop are visited by thousands of visitors, including hundreds of local school children, each year who are inspired by the great work of the 19th century physician.
Earlier in the day, the Ephraim McDowell House Museum was also presented with monies received from a grant for $328,800 by Governor Ernie Fletcher. The funding was granted to renovate the historic home and gardens of the grounds and improve the accessibility to the home and adjoining apothecary shop.