Pro-Nurse Press

About the Museum

   There was a time when nursing was celebrated in  song and verse. When world famous artists were commissioned to capture nurses on canvas. When nurses were cover girls, wrote advice columns for popular magazines and endorsed products. There was a time when it was bold, noble, and patriotic to be a nurse. 

   Come see an outstanding collection of Red Cross and wartime posters along with magazine covers, illustrations, advertisements, poems, sheet music and other memorabilia celebrating nurses. 

   Explore a delightful jumble of dolls, toys and books that inspired thousands to enter the nursing profession. 

  Relive the romance. Revel in the history that we forgot to remember. 

The first World War (1914 -1918) was called “The Great War” and “the war to end all 

wars.”  While that war did not give us permanent  peace, it did give us some stunning artwork 

commemorating the Red Cross nurses who served. 

Those nurses were revered. They were bold, noble, and patriotic. Suddenly nursing was 

celebrated in song and verse. World-famous artists were commissioned to capture nurses on 

canvas. Nurses became cover girls, wrote advice columns for popular magazines, and 

endorsed products. Every paper doll set had a nurse’s uniform and little girls dressed as Red 

Cross nurses even helped roll bandages for the war effort. 

My name is Melodie Chenevert. Three years ago I opened the Lost Art of Nursing 

Museum in Cannon Beach, Oregon. I’d been a nurse for 50 years and a collector of nursing 

memorabilia for 35 of those years. 

I called it the “lost art of nursing” because so many of the posters, magazine covers, 

illustrations, advertisements, poems, sheet music, dolls, toys, and books have vanished. As 

hospitals and schools of nursing modernized and redecorated, artwork celebrating nursing 

traditions and its history wound up in the trash. 

As soon as I opened the museum, I began getting requests from hospitals and historical 

societies asking if I could loan them something for display. No, I couldn’t. It seemed a daunting 

task and I worried that my items might be lost or damaged. It was frustrating not to be able to 

help them. I began to wonder if there might be a way to re-create some vintage artwork that 

could actually go on tour. 

Luckily, I met  Jim Mercier, a perfectionistic curmudgeon who is even older than I am. He 

does fine arts printing for artists and galleries. He agreed to help me with my experiments. I 

gave him some postcards, calendars, and magazine illustrations from the WWI era. He did a 

masterful job of repairing damage, restoring colors, and enlarging the images for optimum 

impact. I had him put them on canvas so they would be lighter weight and easier to ship and 

Pieces, some as small as a postcard, have now becomes canvases as large as 22 x 30”. 

All are gicleé prints. Gicleé is a French word meaning “to spray.” They are done with pigments 

instead of dyes and are supposed to last 100 years or more. 

Not everyone can get to the Oregon coast to visit the museum. It’s a shame because

my museum’s visitor book is full of exclamation marks!!! The most frequent words are

amazing, awesome, inspiring, excellent, enjoyable, educational, fabulous, fascinating, fun, and 

WOW! The most frequent phrase is, “Thank you!”… for sharing …for keeping the spirit of 

nursing alive … for honoring our profession in such a wonderful way. 

It’s been described as a “joy-filled, magical journey through nursing” that brought “a 

smile to my heart” and “tears to my eyes —I am so proud to be a nurse!” A nursing professor 

wrote, “This should be a national shrine!”  A non-nurse wrote, “I’ve been to a number of small, 

private museums, and this is by far the best organized and most well displayed of any I’ve seen. 

Thank you!” 

While the museum and the art exhibit are quite different, both will fill nurses with pride 

and hopefully spark new interest in the history of nursing. It’s an exhibit that will be enjoyed, not 

only by nurses, but by patients and their families, professional colleagues, history buffs, artists, 

students, and veterans.
The first World War (1914 -1918) was called “The Great War” and “the war to end all 

wars.”  While that war did not give us permanent  peace, it did give us some stunning artwork 

commemorating the Red Cross nurses who served. 

Those nurses were revered. They were bold, noble, and patriotic. Suddenly nursing was 

celebrated in song and verse. World-famous artists were commissioned to capture nurses on 

canvas. Nurses became cover girls, wrote advice columns for popular magazines, and 

endorsed products. Every paper doll set had a nurse’s uniform and little girls dressed as Red 

Cross nurses even helped roll bandages for the war effort. 

My name is Melodie Chenevert. Three years ago I opened the Lost Art of Nursing 

Museum in Cannon Beach, Oregon. I’d been a nurse for 50 years and a collector of nursing 

memorabilia for 35 of those years. 

I called it the “lost art of nursing” because so many of the posters, magazine covers, 

illustrations, advertisements, poems, sheet music, dolls, toys, and books have vanished. As 

hospitals and schools of nursing modernized and redecorated, artwork celebrating nursing 

traditions and its history wound up in the trash. 

As soon as I opened the museum, I began getting requests from hospitals and historical 

societies asking if I could loan them something for display. No, I couldn’t. It seemed a daunting 

task and I worried that my items might be lost or damaged. It was frustrating not to be able to 

help them. I began to wonder if there might be a way to re-create some vintage artwork that 

could actually go on tour. 

Luckily, I met  Jim Mercier, a perfectionistic curmudgeon who is even older than I am. He 

does fine arts printing for artists and galleries. He agreed to help me with my experiments. I 

gave him some postcards, calendars, and magazine illustrations from the WWI era. He did a 

masterful job of repairing damage, restoring colors, and enlarging the images for optimum 

impact. I had him put them on canvas so they would be lighter weight and easier to ship and 

Pieces, some as small as a postcard, have now becomes canvases as large as 22 x 30”. 

All are gicleé prints. Gicleé is a French word meaning “to spray.” They are done with pigments 

instead of dyes and are supposed to last 100 years or more. 

Not everyone can get to the Oregon coast to visit the museum. It’s a shame because

my museum’s visitor book is full of exclamation marks!!! The most frequent words are

amazing, awesome, inspiring, excellent, enjoyable, educational, fabulous, fascinating, fun, and 

WOW! The most frequent phrase is, “Thank you!”… for sharing …for keeping the spirit of 

nursing alive … for honoring our profession in such a wonderful way. 

It’s been described as a “joy-filled, magical journey through nursing” that brought “a 

smile to my heart” and “tears to my eyes —I am so proud to be a nurse!” A nursing professor 

wrote, “This should be a national shrine!”  A non-nurse wrote, “I’ve been to a number of small, 

private museums, and this is by far the best organized and most well displayed of any I’ve seen. 

Thank you!” 

While the museum and the art exhibit are quite different, both will fill nurses with pride 

and hopefully spark new interest in the history of nursing. It’s an exhibit that will be enjoyed, not 

only by nurses, but by patients and their families, professional colleagues, history buffs, artists, 

students, and veterans.
The first World War (1914 -1918) was called “The Great War” and “the war to end all 

wars.”  While that war did not give us permanent  peace, it did give us some stunning artwork 

commemorating the Red Cross nurses who served. 

Those nurses were revered. They were bold, noble, and patriotic. Suddenly nursing was 

celebrated in song and verse. World-famous artists were commissioned to capture nurses on 

canvas. Nurses became cover girls, wrote advice columns for popular magazines, and 

endorsed products. Every paper doll set had a nurse’s uniform and little girls dressed as Red 

Cross nurses even helped roll bandages for the war effort. 

My name is Melodie Chenevert. Three years ago I opened the Lost Art of Nursing 

Museum in Cannon Beach, Oregon. I’d been a nurse for 50 years and a collector of nursing 

memorabilia for 35 of those years. 

I called it the “lost art of nursing” because so many of the posters, magazine covers, 

illustrations, advertisements, poems, sheet music, dolls, toys, and books have vanished. As 

hospitals and schools of nursing modernized and redecorated, artwork celebrating nursing 

traditions and its history wound up in the trash. 

As soon as I opened the museum, I began getting requests from hospitals and historical 

societies asking if I could loan them something for display. No, I couldn’t. It seemed a daunting 

task and I worried that my items might be lost or damaged. It was frustrating not to be able to 

help them. I began to wonder if there might be a way to re-create some vintage artwork that 

could actually go on tour. 

Luckily, I met  Jim Mercier, a perfectionistic curmudgeon who is even older than I am. He 

does fine arts printing for artists and galleries. He agreed to help me with my experiments. I 

gave him some postcards, calendars, and magazine illustrations from the WWI era. He did a 

masterful job of repairing damage, restoring colors, and enlarging the images for optimum 

impact. I had him put them on canvas so they would be lighter weight and easier to ship and 

Pieces, some as small as a postcard, have now becomes canvases as large as 22 x 30”. 

All are gicleé prints. Gicleé is a French word meaning “to spray.” They are done with pigments 

instead of dyes and are supposed to last 100 years or more. 

Not everyone can get to the Oregon coast to visit the museum. It’s a shame because

my museum’s visitor book is full of exclamation marks!!! The most frequent words are

amazing, awesome, inspiring, excellent, enjoyable, educational, fabulous, fascinating, fun, and 

WOW! The most frequent phrase is, “Thank you!”… for sharing …for keeping the spirit of 

nursing alive … for honoring our profession in such a wonderful way. 

It’s been described as a “joy-filled, magical journey through nursing” that brought “a 

smile to my heart” and “tears to my eyes —I am so proud to be a nurse!” A nursing professor 

wrote, “This should be a national shrine!”  A non-nurse wrote, “I’ve been to a number of small, 

private museums, and this is by far the best organized and most well displayed of any I’ve seen. 

Thank you!” 

While the museum and the art exhibit are quite different, both will fill nurses with pride 

and hopefully spark new interest in the history of nursing. It’s an exhibit that will be enjoyed, not 

only by nurses, but by patients and their families, professional colleagues, history buffs, artists, 

students, and veterans.




The first World War (1914 -1918) was called “The Great War” and “the war to end all 

wars.”  While that war did not give us permanent  peace, it did give us some stunning artwork 

commemorating the Red Cross nurses who served. 

Those nurses were revered. They were bold, noble, and patriotic. Suddenly nursing was 

celebrated in song and verse. World-famous artists were commissioned to capture nurses on 

canvas. Nurses became cover girls, wrote advice columns for popular magazines, and 

endorsed products. Every paper doll set had a nurse’s uniform and little girls dressed as Red 

Cross nurses even helped roll bandages for the war effort. 

My name is Melodie Chenevert. Three years ago I opened the Lost Art of Nursing 

Museum in Cannon Beach, Oregon. I’d been a nurse for 50 years and a collector of nursing 

memorabilia for 35 of those years. 

I called it the “lost art of nursing” because so many of the posters, magazine covers, 

illustrations, advertisements, poems, sheet music, dolls, toys, and books have vanished. As 

hospitals and schools of nursing modernized and redecorated, artwork celebrating nursing 

traditions and its history wound up in the trash. 

As soon as I opened the museum, I began getting requests from hospitals and historical 

societies asking if I could loan them something for display. No, I couldn’t. It seemed a daunting 

task and I worried that my items might be lost or damaged. It was frustrating not to be able to 

help them. I began to wonder if there might be a way to re-create some vintage artwork that 

could actually go on tour. 

Luckily, I met  Jim Mercier, a perfectionistic curmudgeon who is even older than I am. He 

does fine arts printing for artists and galleries. He agreed to help me with my experiments. I 

gave him some postcards, calendars, and magazine illustrations from the WWI era. He did a 

masterful job of repairing damage, restoring colors, and enlarging the images for optimum 

impact. I had him put them on canvas so they would be lighter weight and easier to ship and 

Pieces, some as small as a postcard, have now becomes canvases as large as 22 x 30”. 

All are gicleé prints. Gicleé is a French word meaning “to spray.” They are done with pigments 

instead of dyes and are supposed to last 100 years or more. 

Not everyone can get to the Oregon coast to visit the museum. It’s a shame because

my museum’s visitor book is full of exclamation marks!!! The most frequent words are

amazing, awesome, inspiring, excellent, enjoyable, educational, fabulous, fascinating, fun, and 

WOW! The most frequent phrase is, “Thank you!”… for sharing …for keeping the spirit of 

nursing alive … for honoring our profession in such a wonderful way. 

It’s been described as a “joy-filled, magical journey through nursing” that brought “a 

smile to my heart” and “tears to my eyes —I am so proud to be a nurse!” A nursing professor 

wrote, “This should be a national shrine!”  A non-nurse wrote, “I’ve been to a number of small, 

private museums, and this is by far the best organized and most well displayed of any I’ve seen. 

Thank you!” 

While the museum and the art exhibit are quite different, both will fill nurses with pride 

and hopefully spark new interest in the history of nursing. It’s an exhibit that will be enjoyed, not 

only by nurses, but by patients and their families, professional colleagues, history buffs, artists, 

students, and veterans.