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Take A Step Back On This Date In History With Westchester Medical Center

Lincoln Logs, which celebrate a century of fun in 2017, have a little-known tie to one of America's most famous architects.
Lincoln Logs, which celebrate a century of fun in 2017, have a little-known tie to one of America's most famous architects. Photo Credit: Flickr

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- For more than a century, Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, has been vital to the Hudson Valley region. Founded as an Army hospital in 1917 to care for the victims of the global influenza epidemic, WMC has been meeting the health needs of the Hudson Valley ever since. As they celebrate 100 Years of Advanced Care in 2017, the hospital is stepping back a century in American history and taking a look at our country’s defining moments during its inaugural year.

Since their inception in 1917, Lincoln Logs have inspired generations of young builders. What many people don't know about, however, is the toy's surprising connection to one of the 20th century's best-known architects. The invention of John Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Lincoln Logs were inspired by the father and son's work on the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo during the 1910s. In one of its many renderings, Wright's firm drafted a building foundation consisting of interlocking beams, designed to minimize the effects of earthquakes. Although the plan was ultimately rejected, the idea of a stacked building stuck with the younger Wright. Upon his return to the United States, he began producing toy sets modeled after the blueprints. Named Lincoln Logs -- either as a homage to the 16th President or because the logs were 'linking' together -- the toy took off.

Composed of wood and cut in various lengths and angles, Lincoln Logs allowed imaginative children to build everything from houses to hotels, teaching the basics of architecture and problem solving. Still in production today, Lincoln Logs are celebrating 100 years of innovation and fun.

Much like Lincoln Logs, Westchester Medical Center has stood the test of time. From its founding as an Army hospital in 1917, to the state-of-the-art treatment offered today, WMC has been with the Hudson Valley every step of the way.

Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the WMCHealth Network, celebrating 100 years of Advancing Care. Here.

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