“Pioneer to Less Suffering” Walking Tour
Join a walking tour of Mount Auburn Cemetery led by docent Robin Hazard Ray, visiting the resting places of some of the pioneers in anesthesia, including Fanny Longfellow, the first American woman to use ether in childbirth, and William T. G. Morton who first publicly demonstrated the use of inhaled ether as a surgical anesthetic in 1846. Co-sponsored by Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site.
October 6, 2017 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frances Appleton Longfellow. The Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters staff and partners are working to plan a full year of fun, exciting, and informative programming highlighting the many different aspects of the life of this fascinating woman. By meeting her as an amateur artist, poetic partner and muse, avid reader, and doting mother, we hope to encourage a greater appreciation of her and her life. For a full list of events visit the Fanny Two-Hundred homepage.