The Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is looking for artifacts of all kinds. The items are for a historical display marking its 60th anniversary.

The artifacts can be anything from nurses’ uniforms to antique stethoscopes and photos. The hospital is also looking for memories from people around when it first opened.   

The historical display will be installed in the spring of 2019, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the KDH Auxiliary. The KDH will celebrate 60 years in 2020. The hospital opened its doors in June 1960.

The theme of the display is ‘KDH: Built by the Kemptville Community.’ The display will also explore the difference between 1960s rural hospital care and the modern medicine KDH offers today.

The auxiliary has archived newspaper clippings, photos and other memorabilia for nearly 60 years. The display will also pay tribute to the KDH Foundation, which started in 1979 to fundraise for priority medical, diagnostic and surgical equipment. The foundation has raised $12 million in support of the hospital to date.  

If you have artifacts to share, contact Lynne Clifford-Ward directly by calling 613-258-6133 ext. 268 or emailing lcliffordward@kdh.on.ca.