FRONTIER NURSING UNIVERSITY
Hosting a family reunion at Wendover Contributed by: Angela Bailey, Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations
he Big House at Wendover is a special place to many individuals for many different reasons. For me, it is a symbol of my family and the community they hold dear. I grew up hearing stories about Mary Breckinridge and the FNS The Bailey and Pennington Family at the Big House nurses. In fact, many of my family members were delivered by those wonderful nurses in their small cabin homes or at the â€œold hospital on the hill.â€? It was not until after I began working with FNU that I discovered my father and many of our family members had never been to the Big House. This year I decided to remedy that situation. As a birthday gift to my father, we organized a Pennington Family Luncheon on May 28th, 2016 at the Big House. Over 25 individuals attended, most of which had never been inside the Big House. My heart swelled with pride as I walked through the rooms of the Big House with my family. They recognized the nurses in pictures on the walls, told stories about Mary Breckinridge, the midwives and couriers of FNS and connected for me our family roots to the roots of the organization I am so thankful to be a part of today. The day was made perfect as we settled around the table and sang Amazing Grace before enjoying a wonderful lunch. This will not be the last time we gather at Wendover. We plan to make the Pennington Family Reunion an annual event at the Big House. You too can make family memories at the Big House! Contact Michael Claussen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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