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Medicinal Plants of the Civil War

Coffee Time Talks series

2019-06-03 11:00:00 2019-06-03 13:00:00 America/New_York Medicinal Plants of the Civil War Learn how important plants were in every aspect of the Civil War, on battlefields and home fronts of both the North and the South. Presented by horticultural historian Lesley Parness. Mary Jacobs branch

Monday, June 03
11:00am - 1:00pm

Add to Calendar 2019-06-03 11:00:00 2019-06-03 13:00:00 America/New_York Medicinal Plants of the Civil War Learn how important plants were in every aspect of the Civil War, on battlefields and home fronts of both the North and the South. Presented by horticultural historian Lesley Parness. Mary Jacobs branch

Mary Jacobs branch

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Learn how important plants were in every aspect of the Civil War, on battlefields and home fronts of both the North and the South. Presented by horticultural historian Lesley Parness.

Could plants have played a role in the outcome of the Civil War? Over 30 plants are discussed and their medicinal properties noted.  "Receipts," or recipes are included for popular herbal remedies such as horehound lozenges and witch hazel tonic. The history of patent medicines is explored and you will meet one of America's most important poets, the first African American physician and the man who revolutionized medical texts.  Audiences are often surprised to see how many "Civil War" plants they are already growing, and the haunting historic images create a compelling tale of interest to history lovers as well as gardeners.

Lesley Parness retired last year as Superintendent of Horticultural Education at New Jersey's Morris County Park Commission where she oversaw programming and interpretation at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook Education Center.

Medicinal Plants of the Civil War is part of Coffee Time Talks, an educational program series for adults to encourage lifelong learning. Programs run from 11 a.m. to noon, and attendees are encouraged to stay through 1 p.m. to socialize with fellow patrons and enjoy some refreshments. 

TAGS: | Lecture | History |

Mary Jacobs branch

maryjacobs@sclibnj.org
Phone: 908-458-8430
Branch manager
Rebecca Crawford

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We're closed Sunday July 05
Mon, Jun 29 Closed
Tue, Jun 30 Closed
Wed, Jul 01 Closed
Thu, Jul 02 Closed
Fri, Jul 03 Closed
(Independence Day (observed))
Sat, Jul 04 Closed
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