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Sr. Marilyn Soeder, DW
Sr. Mary Stuart, DW
Pays de la Loire region, western France
Buildings and grounds of the Mother House of the Daughters of Wisdom
On February 27, 1907, 27 homeless children with disabilities boarded a train in Brooklyn, NY, and arrived in Port Jefferson where they were lovingly accepted into the care of four French Sisters representing the Order of the Daughters of Wisdom. More than a century later, St. Charles Hospital remains true to its mission of compassionate care.
Digitally reproduced and published, March 2017, by Dr. Jennifer Semel, Medical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, St. Charles Hospital.
101 YEARS OLD! The first motion pictures of St Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, NY were taken in 1916. Over 1,500 feet of film was recorded for the Hearst-Selig Pictorial News Weekly. During that time, there were over 250 physically challenged youngsters with Polio and other disabilities living in this self-sufficient hospital-school run by the Daughters of Wisdom. This vintage video shows various aspects of daily life including rehabilitation, education, and gaining work skills through the bookbinding, shoemaking, and seamstress shops. And there’s footage of other activities– from work on the farm to a clip of a surgical procedure, to an orchestra for the visually impaired, to those learning to transcribe by Dictaphone, to a State Regents earning graduation class, and more. Thanks to St. Charles’ Dr. Jennifer Semel for unearthing this video and making it available to us!
Digitally reproduced and published, May 2017, by Dr. Jennifer Semel, Medical Director, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, St. Charles Hospital.