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"Poor Relations: The Knox County Infirmary, Class, and Community" to be Subject of Library Brown Bag Chat

November 17, 2015 -6:27 PM

MOUNT VERNON - "Poor Relations: The Knox County Infirmary, Class, and Community" will be the topic of the Brown Bag Chat on Wednesday, November 18, noon, at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street.

Local historian Aubrey Brown aims to dispel some of the rumors and misinformation surrounding the Knox County Infirmary (also known as the Mount Vernon Bible College) once located in Bangs. On June 26, 2015, a disastrous fire broke out decimating the structure. This tragic loss of history brought public attention to the properties that stand as reminders of Knox County’s rich heritage.

The institution went by various names during different parts of its history, including the Knox County Poorhouse, Poor Farm, Poor Asylum, and County Home. But through all of the name changes, its function remained the same for over a century: to serve as a place of refuge for the less fortunate of Knox County.

Brown will also discuss her plan to erect an Ohio Historical Marker to commemorate the Knox County Infirmary and its later use as the Mount Vernon Bible College and will talk about a project to raise funds through the sale of Cat’s Meow handmade wooden keepsakes replicating the building. The Ohio Historical Marker program is administered through the Local History Office, a division of the Ohio History Connection (formerly the Ohio Historical Society).

Brown received her Master’s in History from Youngstown State University in 2013, with a focus in Historic Preservation and Public History. She received a double Bachelor’s in Archaeology and Anthropology from The College of Wooster in 2008. Brown has conducted intensive research on the Knox County Infirmary for the past seven years.

The program is free and open to the public. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Refreshments provided. For additional information, call 740-392-BOOK (2665) Ext. 243, visit or email
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