Julia Carita and I recently had the opportunity to reunite in London for a dinner meeting with Christine Hallett, a professor of nursing history and a published author. Interestingly enough, Professor Hallett has previously been to Lewisburg and even to Bucknell’s campus while collecting information on Helen Fairchild, a World War I nurse from Milton, but our paths never crossed until now.
The meeting proved to be a great chance for Julia and I to have some of our lingering questions answered. Professor Hallett helped us to better understand the complex structure – or lack thereof – of health services during the war which was something that had previously confused me. She also gave us some much-desired advice about how to proceed as we begin writing about our respective subjects of research.
Of course, it wasn’t all work. We really enjoyed discussing our projects and hearing about professor Hallett’s work, both past and present. She has promised to put us in touch with some of the people she has worked with in the past and we can’t wait to broaden our network of history-enthusiasts!