William Johnston informs Mildred Burrage about hospital, France, 1914

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Mildred Giddings Burrage was a young art student from Kennebunkport who traveled to France to continue her studies in 1909. At a point during her travels, she lived in Giverny, France with the American expatriate family of her best friend, Janet Johnston. However, Mildred was sent home at the outbreak of WWI at her parents' request.

Her friend's father, Dr. William B. Johnston, established a hospital in Giverny dedicated to aiding wounded soldiers when the fighting began. Dr. Johnston kept correspondence with Mildred Burrage after her return home. Their correspondence discussed art, the war, and the needs of the hospital. In this letter, he expresses his gratitude to Burrage for her family's contributions in keeping the hospital up and running, and the difficulties of the war.

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  • Title: William Johnston informs Mildred Burrage about hospital, France, 1914
  • Creator: William B. Johnston
  • Creation Date: 1914-11-25
  • Subject Date: 1914-11-25
  • Locations:
    • Giverny, Eure County, Haute-Normandie, France
    • Kennebunkport, York County, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 27.9 cm x 23.3 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 2494, Box 5/11
  • Collection: Mildred Giddings Burrage collection
  • Object Type: Text

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