First Wed­nes­days Pro­gram

Pioneer Herbal­ist Shares His­tory of Herbal Medicine at Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary

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Herbal­ist Rose­mary Glad­star will ex­plain the past and cur­rent sig­nif­i­cance of herbal­ism in a talk at New­port’s Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary on March 6. Her talk, “The His­tory of Herbal Medicine in Amer­ica,” is part of the Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil’s First Wed­nes­days lec­ture se­ries and takes place at 7:00 p.m. Just what did the early Amer­i­can pioneers rely on for health and heal­ing? How did they sur­vive the ills of the day with just herbs and po­tions in their medicine cup­boards? Are any of th­ese early medicines still use­ful to­day, and does sci­ence sup­port their va­lid­ity? Glad­star ex­am­ines th­ese and other ques­tions and con­sid­ers the cur­rent role of herbs in health care. Glad­star is a pioneer in the herbal move­ment and has been called the “god­mother of Amer­i­can herbal­ism.” She is the founder of the Cal­i­for­nia School of Herbal Stud­ies, the long­est-run­ning herb school in the United States, and of Sage Moun­tain Herbal Re­treat Cen­ter. She is also the au­thor of numer­ous herb books in­clud­ing the best­seller Herbal Heal­ing for Women, Herbal Reme­dies for Vi­brant Health, and Fam­ily Herbal: A Guide to Liv­ing Life with En­ergy, Health, and Vi­tal­ity. The Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil’s First Wed­nes­days se­ries is held on the first Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month from Oc­to­ber through May, fea­tur­ing speak­ers of na­tional and re­gional renown. Talks in New­port are held at Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary. All First Wed­nes­days talks are free and open to the pub­lic. Up­com­ing talks in New­port in­clude “The De­cline of Amer­i­can Power in the Mid­dle East” with UVM po­lit­i­cal sci­ence pro­fes­sor Greg Gause on April 3; and “The Great Camps of the Adiron­dacks” with Ver­mont State Cu­ra­tor David Schütz on May 1. The Ver­mont De­part­ment of Li­braries is the statewide un­der­writer of First Wed­nes­days. Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary is spon­sored by Com­mu­nity Na­tional Bank, Bill and Nancy Cook, and New­port City Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Goodrich Me­mo­rial Li­brary at 802.334.7902, or con­tact the Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil at 802.262.2626 or info@ver­mon­thu­man­i­ties.org, or visit www.ver­mon­thu­man­i­ties.org.

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