Join KSB for Founder’s Day 2020
Please join the Dixon Chamber of Commerce & Main Street, Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society, and KSB Hospital in celebrating Dixon’s rich history at the annual Founder’s Day celebration. This year’s presentation features author, Erin Thompson, as she discusses her book, “Relentless, Envious Death,” which showcases the circumstances leading up to the founding of KSB Hospital and the story of a young couple in love – Katherine Shaw Bethea and Solomon Hicks Bethea.
Erin will share the history of Katherine Bethea’s tuberculosis diagnosis and passing, and how this condition helped her learn so much about the health care system of their day. Katherine traveled across the United States in search of a cure as Solomon stood by her placing his legal career on hold. After her death and before his, Solomon “set out to ensure that their hometown of Dixon, Illinois, would have its own fine hospital and that Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital would be a fitting memorial to the love of his life and to their families.”
Date: Wednesday, April 15th
Doors Open: 6:00 pm
Presentation Begins: 6:30 pm
Location: Northwest Territory Historic Center
Refreshments will be served.
About Erin Thompson
Program presenter, Erin Thompson, is a writer and curates the Dillon Home Museum in Sterling, Illinois. She holds a Bachelors in journalism and two Master’s degrees in creative writing. Her published 2013 book, “Relentless, Envious Death: The Biographies of Katherine Shaw Bethea and Solomon Hicks Bethea” will be available for purchase.