New Nursing Education Collection: the History of Methodist College

Healthcare providers play a critical role in caring for patients and saving lives, especially during a pandemic. For roughly a year now, these front-line workers have continued the dedication and sacrifice of the healthcare profession, putting themselves at risk for COVID-19 while taking care of their patients in hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities around the world.

To celebrate these healthcare providers, the IDHH welcomes our new contributor Methodist College and their History of Methodist College collection. Now a four-year, private, not-for-profit college, Methodist College was established in 1900 as a nurse training program by the deaconesses of the Methodist Episcopal church in Peoria. The History of Methodist College collection reflects the growth of this nurse training program into a four-year college, with over 1,200 items that include class groups, study sessions, diplomas, student bulletins, and patient care throughout the last century.

Here are a few of our favorite items from the collection:

Student Nurses in Nurses Library. April 1, 1953. Methodist College. History of Methodist College. Courtesy of Methodist College.
A Day in Nurses Training. June 1, 1950. Methodist College. History of Methodist College. Courtesy of Methodist College.
Unknown Group. [n. d.]. Methodist College. History of Methodist College. Courtesy of Methodist College.
Bedside Demonstration. 1943. Methodist College. History of Methodist College. Courtesy of Methodist College.
Class Photo 1902. 1902. Methodist College. History of Methodist College. Courtesy of Methodist College.
Class Group Photo. [n. d.]. Methodist College. History of Methodist College. Courtesy of Methodist College.

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To learn more about Methodist College, visit Methodist College’s site.

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