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5/4 Folk Medicine Talk & Demonstration, 2pm


Come join us at the Gay Hoyt House for the last of the “Sharon Cures” exhibit programs! Co-Curator Susan Shepard will discuss the early doctors’ daily tasks and give a demonstration on how they made their own oils, salves and other medicines. They knew what plants to gather around here to make salves, like Bloodroot and Jewelweed, Slippery Elm for sore throats and digestive aid. They had minerals to use such as chalk (think TUMS), and calomel (a purgative). And then there were nutmeg and cinnamon to help the medicine go down! You will see pages from the ledger of Dr. John Sears, who treated patients all over Sharon and Amenia in the 1800s. The program is on Saturday, May 4th, at 2 pm here at the Gay Hoyt House. It is free and open to the public.

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