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Step back to a time when people purchased patent medicines and ingredients from pharmacists to make home remedies. Discover how the medicinal use of herbs continues today. Enjoy activities for all members of the family at "Treating Our Ills and Curing Our Chills: Medicine Now and Then" at The Farmers’ Museum on Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. 

This special weekend focuses on the use of herbs as medicines now and in the 1800s. Visitors can try their hand at grinding herbs, taking an identification tour of the medicinal herb garden, or creating sachet bag from of a variety of scented herbs.

Hear how the old ways of herbal lore blend with current knowledge in the use of foods and herbs as our best medicine. Learn how to choose herbs or herbal foods from season to season for optimal well-being.

Explore the art and adventure of collecting plants in the wild for medicine and learn essentials of proper timing, tools needed, techniques, the hazards, and ethical and environmental factors involved with plant collection.  Get your hands dirty as we practice the collection strategies and techniques. Take home delightful herbal recipes from plants that grow in abundance in the Northeast: dandelion coffee, goldenrod wine, a hawthorn berry cordial, herbal vinegar, herbal capers, gluten-free flour from yellow-dock seeds and more.

"Treating Our Ills and Curing Our Chills: Medicine Now and Then" is a way to experience history first-hand at the museum, bringing the past to life and enriching our lives today. The weekend is sponsored by Cooperstown Natural Foods.

All Step Back in Time Weekends are held at the museum from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Entry is included in the museum admission: Adults and juniors (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): Free. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.  Through Labor Day 2012, active-duty military and up to five family members are free, through the Blue Star Museum program.  Visit for more information and complete schedule.


About The Farmers’ Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

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July 2012
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Todd Kenyon, Public Relations
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
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