Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital
Dr. Susan Picotte Memorial Hospital
Front of the hospital
|Location||505 Matthewson St., Walthill, Nebraska|
|Architect||William L. Steele|
|NRHP Reference #||88002762|
|Added to NRHP||December 16, 1988 |
|Designated NHL||April 19, 1993|
The hospital was developed by Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte (1865–1915), the first female Native American medical doctor. Built with money raised by Picotte from various sources, it was the first hospital for any Indian reservation not funded by government money.
A working hospital until the late 1940s, the building has served a variety of functions since, most recently including a museum. It is now owned by the Center for Rural Affairs, which is in the process of restoring it.
The building was designed by architect William L. Steele in 1912 and built in 1912–1913. Set on a concrete foundation on a hill overlooking Walthill, the one-and-one-half-story hospital was built in the American Craftsman style of architecture. Typical of Craftsman style, it features a low-pitched, shingled (originally wood-shingled) roof, wide eaves with large braces beneath, exposed roof rafter tails, and a centered gabled dormer. A prominent screened porch runs the entire length of the front (east side) of the structure, bounded by columns that support the roof.
The building currently houses Mi'Jhu'Wi Ministries, a nonprofit providing services to the people of the Omaha Reservation.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- "Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
- "Picotte Memorial Hospital". National American Indian Heritage Month. Washington, DC: National Park Service. November 2001.
- Jill S. Mesirow and Page Putnam Miller (June 19, 1992). PDF (32 KB). National Park Service. p. 5.
- Jill S. Mesirow and Page Putnam Miller (June 19, 1992). PDF (32 KB). National Park Service. and PDF (32 KB)
- Jill S. Mesirow and Page Putnam Miller (June 19, 1992). PDF (32 KB). National Park Service. p. 4.
- "Mi'Jhu'Wi Ministries". Retrieved 2013-06-12.
- Picotte Memorial Hospital, from a National American Indian Heritage Month feature at the National Park Service