PUBLISHED: 4:09 PM on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Nurses from Juneau's past not forgotten

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  A presentation on women nurses, including Mae Godkins, from Juneau's past will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Alaska State Museum.
In observance of Women's History Month, the Alaska State Museum, the Gastineau Channel Historical Society, and The Friends of the Alaska State Museum will hold a presentation on women nurses from Juneau's past.

Presenters Nina Brown, Willie Larsen and Elfrida Nord will tell stories about nurses Mae Godkins, Rose Schneider, Lola Walther and Kitty Gair as well as share images and discuss the facilities and organizations the nurses worked for including St. Ann's Hospital, the Government Hospital and the M/V Hygiene. Marie Darlin, program organizer, encourages the community to share their stories about nurses and public health associated with Juneau's past during this presentation.

This free program will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Alaska State Museum.

Mae Isabell (Cashen) Godkin (1902 - 1992): a nurse at St. Ann's Hospital in Juneau, and one of the nurses featured in the March 31 presentation at the Alaska State Museum.

Mae and her sister were the first set of twins born in the mining community of Douglas, and Mae remained a lifelong resident of Douglas and Juneau.

As a teenager, Mae assisted the nuns at St. Ann's Hospital during the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Mae went on to enroll in nurse's training at St. Joseph's School of Nursing in Victoria, B.C. After she graduated in 1923, Mae returned to Alaska to work at St. Ann's and live in Douglas.

For many years, Mae took the ferry between Douglas and Juneau to get to work each day.

Hours at the museum are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. General admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is available for $15.

Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. Contact visitor services at 465-2901 before the visit.