"The World War I Diaries of Dr. Jessie Weston Fisher"
A performance presentation featuring entries from
Dr. Jessie Fisher's diaries, her background and
historic images from World War I.
In April 1918, without her family's approval, Dr. Jessie Fisher
left her home, her husband and her son in Middletown,
Connecticut to do her part for our nation's effort in the First
World War. She traveled to France, where she worked for the
American Red Cross in a hospital at Beauvais, in Picardy.
During her time abroad Jessie kept two diaries, documenting
her part in one of the most historically significant events of the
Beverly York or Sarah Fisher Spencer do dramatic readings from the diaries as Rick Spencer narrates.
Jessie Myers Weston was born in Cherry Hill, Maryland in 1872.
Most of her youth was spent in and around Dover, Delaware. In 1893
she graduated from Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania.
Jessie’s path brought her to Middletown, CT where she worked at
the CT Hospital for the Insane. In 1897 she married Dr. William
Edwin Fisher. In 1904 their son, William was born.
Although she was a doting and dedicated mother, Jessie declared
“housework not her forte” and she maintained a focus on her
medical career. In 1918 (at the age of 45) she requested a leave of
absence to do her part, with the American Red Cross, for the war
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Dr. Jessie Fisher's Diary
Bev York has been active in the Connecticut
history industry for many years. She presents
programs on topics of regional, State and
American history. Bev was the director of the
Windham Textile & History Museum in
Willimantic. She continues to work at "The Mill
Museum" coordinating educational programs.
Bev has been an adjunct history instructor at
Quinebaug Valley Community College for a
number of years. She has also worked as the site
administrator at the Nathan Hale Homestead in
Sarah Fisher Spencer acquired her love of
history at Mystic Seaport, where she worked for
26 years. During that time she worked as a
museum educator, interpreter and demonstrator
of historical maritime skills. She also worked with
the museum's oral history project, and more
recently as the museum's group sales and
locations manager. In 2014 she worked as a
sailing deckhand for five cruises aboard the
CHARLES W. MORGAN. Sarah discovered and
transcribed her great-grandmother's diaries in
1996. She currently works as Business Relations
Specialist for the CT Airport Authority.