MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital‘s newest Reflections exhibit takes a look back at the hospital’s 1953 Spring Festival Concert. The fundraising event drew a crowd of celebrity guests including Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife.
Held in the drill hall at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, the show was attended my nearly 3,000 people, and featured celebrities from film and radio, as well as prominent political figures of the day including Sen. Joseph McCarthy and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.
Added to the MedStar St. Mary’s archives in 2017 were seven programs from the event discovered at a local estate sale. The cover design of the programs featured the signatures of the famous guests, and each was signed on the inside by one of the evening’s distinguished attendees. The discovery sparked renewed interest in the event and how a small hospital in St. Mary’s County could attract such famous individuals to a such a fundraiser.
The new display highlights a few of the people who coordinated the event, including Elinor Peabody, the president of the hospital’s auxiliary, and Fulton Lewis Jr., an internationally known journalist and radio personality who lived and worked in St. Mary’s County.
Stop in to see the Reflections exhibit in the hospital’s history room and discover the story behind the 1953 Spring Festival Concert. The exhibit is open daily and is located on the first floor of MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital near The Blue Heron Café.
About MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital is a full-service community hospital, delivering state-of-the-art emergency, acute inpatient and outpatient care in Leonardtown, MD.
Nestled in a waterside community, MedStar St. Mary’s provides advanced technology with a dedication to excellence in all services provided. The not-for-profit hospital has been named among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals and is an eight-time recipient of the prestigious Delmarva Medicare Excellence Award.
In addition, MSMH received the Maryland Performance Excellence award at the Platinum level in 2014 – the highest in the state. The staff is committed to providing quality and compassionate medical care for all patients by coupling innovation with its outstanding team of medical staff members, associates and volunteers.
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