The Story Behind the Photo: Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital

Submitted by Fun at Foster on July 19, 2020 - 2:36pm


Hello again my name is David and I am a Library Tech at E.P. Foster Library and amateur photographer.
 
This is the story behind the photo.
 
This is a photo of the Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital. It's located on the corner of Poli Street and Fir Street in Historic Downtown Ventura.
 
This view is from the lower parking lot of E.P. Foster Library. Which is made obvious by the library sign left of center. 
 
Thomas Robert Bard and his brother, Dr. Cephas Little Bard, established the Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital in Ventura as a memorial to their mother.
 
The hospital opened in 1902. Since it's opening the building has been through many iterations, currently, it houses private offices. The Elizabeth Bard Memorial Hospital has been a designated historic landmark since March 8, 1976. 
 
For readers interested in a deep dive into politics and the organization of Ventura County the book Oil, land, and politics: the California career of Thomas Robert Bard by W.H. Hutchinson should fit the bill. I haven't ventured into this book, but it has been recommended to me by a local history buff.
 
For those just wanting to enjoy an evening of relaxation watching a drama about the world of healing, Call the Midwife is a terrific series. I know it's a stretch for the topic on hand, but it's well worth viewing. 
 
 
The last recommendation is for young readers. Curious George goes to the Hospital by Margret Rey. Just remember cookies are edible jigsaw puzzles are not!
 
Thank you and keep reading.
 
 
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