One of the unsung heroes of rural communities is the small town doctor. Along with being the medical expert, he also filled the roles of husband, father, community leader, confidant, neighbor and friend. These men served their communities twenty-fours hours a day, seven days a week.
They were known among other things to deliver multiple generations of babies, treat patients at 2:00 a.m. on their back porch, and serve as an emergency veterinarian. The Community Caregivers exhibit has three main topics: home remedies, rural doctors in general, and Kenly's four doctors who were honored at the 1976 "Doctor's Day." Barton College intern Kelly Ashley developed and created the exhibit under the direction of the museum curator. It opened on July 31, 2002.<