FROM THE ARCHIVES: 40 Years Ago

Professor Anita Ristau (left) with nursing students Carol (Silvestrini) Capecilatro (center) and Pamela (Priest) Irving, displaying the safety doll house they constructed. (Courtesy of NU Archives.)

Professor Anita Ristau (left) with nursing students Carol (Silvestrini) Capecilatro (center) and Pamela (Priest) Irving, displaying the safety doll house they constructed. (Courtesy of NU Archives.)

Carol Silvestrini and Pamela Priest, two freshman nursing students at Vermont College, built a three-foot-high “safety” dollhouse for the pediatrics ward at Central Vermont Hospital in 1975. Part of an independent study for a class taught by Professor Anita Ristau, the house was constructed in the students’ home state of Connecticut and driven to Montpelier perched in an open convertible. It included dozens of safety features to prevent accidents in the home, among them safety-glass shower doors, a safety latch on the dryer door, a night-light for the child’s bedroom, and a protective fireplace screen. – d.l.w.

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