First Wednesdays Program
Pioneer Herbalist Shares History of Herbal Medicine at Goodrich Memorial Library
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 email@example.com, or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.