Whitney Hale

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College: Libraries

Explore Kentucky ‘Notions and Potions’ as Part of Archives Month

Published: Oct 7, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2013) — Just in time for Halloween, University of Kentucky Special Collections is presenting “Notions and Potions: Folklore and Superstition in Medicine and Inf­ectious Disease,” an exhibition looking at superstitions and legends related to Kentucky medical care prior to modern medicine. The exhibit, presented in celebration of Kentucky Archives and National Archives Month opens Friday, Oct. 11, and runs through November, in the main lobby of the UK Special Collections Library in the Margaret I. King Building. It is free and open to the public.

 

An opening reception featuring hot apple cider, ginger cookies, and hors d'oeuvres will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the main lobby of King.

 

UK’s rich heritage of medical research, blended with the curiosities and misconceptions that existed before the emergence of modern medical science, join together in this exhibition highlighting the historical shifts in science and culture as well as the spooky, the weird and the strange. Highlights include historical artifacts and oddities related to Kentucky home remedies, tuberculosis, cholera, Spanish flu, air quality and more. Visitors will also be able to share their own stories and knowledge of folk medicine, tall tales and myths, medical mysteries, and campus lore.

 

The Kentucky State Historical Records Advisory Board, the Kentucky Council on Archives, and the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives have designated October as Kentucky Archives Month, in keeping with the Society of American Archivists celebration of National Archives Month. This year’s theme “Folklore and Superstition” will be celebrated in libraries, archives and historical societies across the state.

 

The exhibit is available for viewing 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

UK Special Collections is home to UK Libraries' collection of rare books, Kentuckiana, the Archives, the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, the King Library Press and the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. The mission of Special Collections is to locate and preserve materials documenting the social, cultural, economic and political history of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

 

For more information on "Notions and Potions," contact Jaime Marie Burton, education and outreach archivist at UK Special Collections, at jmburton1@uky.edu.  

 

 

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

 

 

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