Sunday Lecture at the Atwood
Author to Tell Story of WWI nurse at the Atwood
Join us at the Atwood House & Museum to hear the remarkable story of WWI nurse Edith Cavell, as told by East Falmouth author Terri Arthur on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. as part of the Atwood’s Sunday Lecture Series.
Arthur will tell how, haunted by the images on a set of vintage postcards, she started researching the life and death of Edith Cavell, a British nurse who was executed by the Germans for her role in helping the Resistance. A nurse herself, Arthur was surprised to learn that none of her colleagues were familiar with Cavell’s story or how powerfully her death impacted World War I. Arthur also discovered that none of the books about Cavell had been written by a nurse and felt strongly that, as a nurse, she could throw fresh light on the life and career of this extraordinary woman.
After two years of research, which included visits to Belgium and the United Kingdom, Terri Arthur wrote Fatal Decision: Edith Cavell, World War I Nurse, a novel based on Cavell’s heroic career. Cavell was leading a nursing school she formed in Brussels when German forces moved in. She helped 200 Allied soldiers escape Belgium. When discovered, she was executed by a German firing squad. Her execution was condemned by the international community, and Cavell was perceived as a courageous martyr.
Arthur, who lives in East Falmouth, has served as a nurse in hospitals on Martha’s Vineyard, Plymouth, and Cape Cod. She is also a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Also an entrepreneur, Arthur created and manages Medical Education Systems, Inc. a business that provides continuing education to nurses, doctors, and medical personnel.
The Atwood House & Museum is located at 347 Stage Harbor Rd. in Chatham. Admission to the lecture is free to members; $10 per adult. For details, visit www.chathamhistoricalsociety.org.