National Architecture Week: Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion


In the history books, too often we find that women, and particularly women of color, have been swept aside in favor of the work of their male counterparts. Luckily, that is changing.

We have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help tell the story of Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte as well as restore. In 1889, LaFlesche became the first Native American to graduate from medical school and took her newly found license back to the Omaha Reservation.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation annually releases a list of 11 locations that are considered to be “examples of our nation’s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. Almost 300 places have been on the list over its 31-year history, and in that time, fewer than 5 percent of listed sites have been lost.”

Last year, the Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte Memorial Hospital was included on this list. BVH has been proud to work on the initiative to bring both recognition and funding to restore the 105-year-old building. Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte has the distinction of being the first Native American to receive a medical degree. The 33-room building bears her name, as well as the separate distinction of being the first hospital constructed on Native American land without government funding. Located in Walthill, Nebraska, the hospital opened in 1913. Dr. Picotte worked to raise the funds, and the hospital opened only two years before her death from cancer in 1915.

Learn more about Dr. Susan here and stay tuned to our blog to learn more about our continued efforts!