Stories of the Medical Profession

The Yellowstone Gateway Museum hosts “Stories of the Medical Profession,” a program given by Dr. Lindsay Baskett and Registered Nurse Betty Lahren on Thursday, May 15, 6:30 PM, at the Livingston-Park County Public Library, 228 W. Callender, in Livingston.

Dr. Lindsey Baskett was born and raised in Big Timber, growing up in a family of physicians. His father and grandfather practiced medicine. Dr. Baskett studied medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and during the summer of 1947, in his senior year, he worked at the Yellowstone Park Hospital in Mammoth, Wyoming.
Dr. Baskett served for 54 years as a general physician in Livingston as well as Yellowstone National Park. He began his career in 1953 at Park Hospital which was located at 121 S. 3rd Street in Livingston. In 1954 Dr. Baskett began working at Livingston Memorial Hospital and during the summers of 1953-1965, he worked at the Yellowstone Park Hospital in Mammoth, Wyoming. He retired in 2007. Dr. Baskett turns 91-years-old a few days after the program.

Betty Lahren was born in Portland, Oregon. After she graduated from high school, Betty attended nursing school in Portland. She moved to Livingston in 1949 and began working as a Registered Nurse at the Lott Hospital. In 1952 and 1953 Betty worked for Dr. Cloyd, a dentist. In 1968 and after her children were in high school, she began working nights at the Livingston Memorial Hospital. Betty was the Park County School Nurse from 1974 to 1984, traveling to all of the rural schools in the county; during the summer when school wasn’t in session, she once again worked nights at the hospital. Betty retired in 1984 and a couple years later opened Grandma’s Treasures, an antique store that she operated in Livingston until 2013.

The final program in the museum’s Spring Speaker Series is “Yellowstone’s Fossil Forests” by photographer Lee Silliman, held on May 28, also at the Livingston-Park County Public Library.

The program is free and refreshments are provided. Please visit the museum’s website, or call 406-222-4184, for more information about this and other programs that the museum offers.