Lecture to shed light on Maxwell

Just in time for Women’s History Month, the Greenwich Historical Society and the Greenwich Point Conservancy will host a March 20 lecture on the illustrious career of Anna Caroline Maxwell given by Suzanne Law Hawes, president of the Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia University School of Nursing Alumni Association.

Ms. Maxwell (1851-1929), considered to be the pioneer of the modern nursing movement, was often referred to as the American Florence Nightingale.

She was the founding director of the New York Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, which is now the Columbia University School of Nursing, having been recruited by John S. Kennedy, the president of the hospital’s board of trustees. Mr. Kennedy was the uncle of J. Kennedy Tod, the builder of Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point, and himself a benefactor to the Presbyterian Hospital. Ms. Maxwell organized nurses for the military during the Spanish American War and later helped to establish the Army Nurse Corps in World War I. She successfully lobbied for military rank for Army nurses, and working with the chief surgeon of the Presbyterian Hospital, she organized one of the first of 50 base hospital units for that war.

Mr. Tod and his wife extended the hospitality of their estate to Ms. Maxwell and the doctors and nurses of the Presbyterian Hospital for many years, first at Innis Arden Cottage, and later at a cluster of buildings built on the west side of Greenwich Point expressly for that purpose.

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 20. Doors open at 4 p.m., lecture begins at 4:30 at the Innis Arden Cottage, Greenwich Point. Admission is free but reservations are suggested as space is limited. For reservations, call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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