Century of Progress 1933

Century of Progress

1933 Chicago, Illinois

This article was found in a book written by Dr Bertha Van Hoosen, a elder colleague of Dr Lena Sadler MD. Dr Lena Sadler was a member of the contact commission. This small group called the contact commission was "...the focal point for the production of, and the primary custodian for, the final text of The Urantia Book. They were sworn not to disclose details about the transactions in order to preclude future generations from venerating the participants. It was considered important that no individual might be exalted through their association with The Urantia Book. Because of its revelatory nature, the book must stand on its own merit."1

Dr Hoosen chronicaled her history and included early women pioneers in medicine in Chicago such Lena Sadler. Dr Sadler was very active in community affairs in Chicago. Van Hoosen remembers the Century of Progress, a World's Fair held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial.

"Forty years later, when arrangements for the Century of Progress were completed, the medical women were excluded. In protestation, Dr. Lena Sadler and I appealed to the management for representation and sought some exhibit in the Hall of Science. We were told that, as there had been no arrangements for exhibition, Maternal Hygiene, we might make an application for such an exhibit. However, there were a dozen applications for the space, and if we wanted it, we would have to compete by presenting the perfect model of a maternal exhibit with all specifications. Dr Lena SadlerWith the help of a hastily organized group of the Medical, Dental, and Allied Science Womens' Association, we presented such a fascinating model that we were given the space.""The financing was more difficult — so difficult that Dr. Lena Sadler and I found ourselves almost alone on the project. The democratic program was to collect one dollar from every medical, dental, and allied science woman in the United States, but Dr. Lena said, 'No, no. That's too long and hard a job. Go to Lane Bryant and ask their permission to exhibit their maternity dresses. I will go to Vanta, and then there's the Camp maternity corset. These firms ought to pay $500 for the privilege of exhibiting their products.' To my amazement, Dr. Lena's plan brought us $6,000 in a few weeks so the Medical, Dental, and Allied Science Women's Association for the Century of Progress was able to sponsor and furnish a booth on Maternal Hygiene in the Hall of Science, a booth on the History of Women in Medicine in the Hall of Social Science and a booth devoted to Child Welfare on the Enchanted Island."2