Mount Vernon - Mary Mallon, now known as Typhoid Mary, seemed a healthy woman when a health inspector knocked on her door in 1907, yet she was the cause of several typhoid outbreaks. Since Mary was the first "healthy carrier" of typhoid fever in the United States, she did not understand how someone not sick could spread disease. It was only recently in August 2013, that researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine announced they were making breakthroughs in understanding the exact science behind asymptomatic carriers such as Mary. The bacteria that cause typhoid; may hide in macrophages, a type of immune cell.
Trying to present a wide range of different historical persons and topic in the Chautauqua Series, Tammy Souhrada, who presented Lizzie Borden last year, has selected another woman whose reputation has not been fairly treated over the years. Many have heard the name Typhoid Mary but know very little about who she was and why.
On Thursday, October 17, Mary will tell her story at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main Street) in downtown Mount Vernon. The theatre will open at 6 PM and the program will start at 7 PM with Elixir playing music for 30 minutes, including a new song in honor of Mary and then at 7:45, Mary [aka Tammy Souhrada] will tell her story and then take questions from the audience. This presentation is provided on a donation basis, with support from the Ohio Humanities Council, Ariel Foundation and Rolls-Royce Civics/Charities Fund. For more information on this program and other upcoming shows, visit www.elixirpresents.com or www.VisitKnoxOhio.org or call 740-392-6102.