"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
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 www.knox.net or email email@example.com
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