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The Family Nurse: Home Medical Care in the Early Nineteenth Century with Christie Higginbottom

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Christie Higginbottom will return to Jacob Edwards Library to present a program titled The Family Nurse: Home Medical Care in the Early Nineteenth Century.

The presentation will consist of an illustrated program portraying the role played by home-grown, wild-gathered, and purchased herbal remedies in the treatment of common health problems in Early American households. Christie will describe plant varieties and preparation methods including infusions, decoctions, ointments, poultices, fomentations, and tinctures.

Both traditional European and Native American remedies will be described with documentation from 19th-
century published sources, diaries and letters.

“Those who have a little patch of ground, will do well to raise the most important herbs, and those who have
not, will do well to get them in quantities from some friend in the country; for apothecaries make very great
profit upon them.”
Lydia Maria Child, The Frugal American Housewife. Boston, 1833.

Christie Higginbottom is an established presenter in the horticultural field with years of experience at Old Sturbridge Village, both in research and creating authentic historical gardens. She has attained an excellent reputation as a presenter at many historical societies and garden clubs, as well as delivering lectures at the Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at Monticello, Society for the Preservation of NE Antiquities, the Garden Club Federation of MA and Massachusetts Horticultural Society among others.

Sponsored by an LCC Grant from the Southbridge Cultural Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council.


May 23
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Jacob Edwards Library
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Jacob Edwards Library
236 Main Street
Southbridge, MA United States
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