MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Historical Society museum will reopen following its winter break on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The program will be presented by several historical society trustees, who will highlight some of the society’s new acquisitions and donations which have been added to their collections over the past several months.

Karen Smith will present many of the dozens of medical instruments and tools used by Dr. John W. Russell, the prominent 19th century physician and surgeon who practiced here for many years at his residence on East Gambier Street.

Personal papers and clothing items from the estate of Danville’s Dr. Pauline Freeman will be discussed by David Greer and Janet Jacobs. And trustee Gloria Parsisson will present information on the beautiful pink granite millstone recently bequeathed to the society through the Lyman Gates Trust and relocated to the museum from its former home in Mount Liberty.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and all persons interested in area history are invited to attend.

Upcoming programs in future months will include the historical society’s annual meeting, to be held this year on April 3 at the historic Woodward Opera House. On May 1, there will be presentations of outstanding Mount Vernon school students’ history projects and, on June 5, the unveiling of the museum’s new “Knox County Sports Hall of Fame” exhibit.

For more information, call the museum at 740-393-5247 or check the website at


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