Author and Historian Dr. Lorle Porter will present her newest book, “Jane Payne, M.D., Unexpected Healer” at a special “Exercise Your Mind—Read” Adult Summer Reading Program Brown Bag Chat on Wednesday, June 8, noon, at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street.
Dr. Payne’s story is one of courage in the face of hardship and disability. She was one of the first female physicians in the United States. English-born Dr. Payne took her apprenticeship in Mount Vernon under Dr. John Wadhams Russell. She graduated from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and began her practice in Mount Vernon in 1860. Despite long odds and being legally blind and severely immobile, she continued her work until her death in 1882. Dr. Payne established her practice in "the Chill District" (near the Buckeye Candy building) and Mount Vernon's "Bloody 5th Ward" and was beloved by generations of patients.
Dr. Lorle Porter, Professor Emerita, Muskingum University, lives in Mount Vernon, and is the author of several books on history in many different areas. Her books include The Western Leatherwood Valley: Lore City, Gibson Station, New Gottengen (1991/2003), The Immigrant Cocoon: Eastern Europeans in the Cambridge, Ohio Coalfield (1995/2003), Roscoe: Generations-Regeneration (1992), Discovering Ohio's Hill Country (1993), A People Set Apart: Scotch-Irish in Eastern Ohio (1998), Sara's Table: Keeping House in Ohio, 1800-1950 (2001), John Glenn's New Concord (2001), St. Patrick's People: Irish and English Catholics in Early Ohio History (2003), Politics & Peril - Mount Vernon, Ohio in the Nineteenth Century (2005). and Dan Emmett: Burnt Cork Artist Extraordinaire (2008).
The program is free and open to the public of all ages. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and an autograph session will follow the presentation. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Refreshments provided. For information, call Linette Porter-Metler, PLMVKC Community Relations, 740-392-BOOK (2665) Ext. 243, visit www.knox.net or email [email protected].