A springtime tea will launch this year’s opening of the Langley Memorial Hospital archival museum at Michaud House.
Local author and columnist Jim McGregor will sign copies of Special Days Make Lasting Memories at the event, which will run from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 — just in time for Mother’s Day the following day.
Michaud House is at 5202 204 St., in Langley City.
When the museum, which is run by volunteers, opened officially last July, the response was overwhelming. Many who attended the ribbon cutting were retired doctors, nurses and other staff from LMH, which marks its 70th anniversary this year. Many of those who attended the opening, and those who have visited over the last few months, were simply interested because LMH was their birthplace.
Nursing students have been amazed when they compare the instruments with which they are learning their vocation to those that are many decades old.
Fittingly, among the highlights are forceps used “in the good old days” and a cardboard box that newborns were sent home in at a time when infant restraint seats were not mandatory.
After the tea, the museum will remain open by appointment only. This can be arranged by contacting volunteers Doris at 604 534-3384 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Natasha at email@example.com. Entrance to the museum is by donation.
McGregor’s book is a compilation of columns he has written for the Langley Times. The chapters reflect the hum of life around special occasions, including Mother’s Day. In the chapter titled Mother’s Day Gifts, the author notes that there are two ways to choose a gift for mothers. “One involves spending money; one involves spending time.”
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