Scrapbooking with Plants in the 18th Century

The 18th century was a time when a passion for botany and gardening flourished. The study and collection of plants and flowers became popular and played an important role in scientific knowledge building. Join us for Scrapbooking with Plants in the 18th Century, a free virtual presentation by Alicia Petersen, Tuesday, May 10, 2022 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Ms. Petersen presents her journey when she attempted to create a herbarium, a book of dried plants, by following manuals of 18th-century naturalists. Alongside her own learning adventures, Alicia Petersen will also explore the herbariums of these early modern naturalists, showing how they advanced scientific knowledge in the West. This talk will demonstrate that 18th-century science was not a solitary experience, but was a collective process rooted in a broad community of practitioners. Alicia Petersen received dual degrees in History and Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida. She is currently a PhD Candidate in History and the History of Science & Medicine at Yale University. This program is presented by the Hamden Public Library in cooperation with the Yale Peabody Museum Speakers Bureau. The event is free and open to the public.

Registration is required. Please register here or call 203-287-2680. After signing up, you will receive a Zoom meeting link by email. 
For a selection of books related to this lecture, please go to this list in our online catalog.

 

Alicia Petersen received dual degrees in History and Biomedical Sciences from the University of South Florida. Alicia is currently a 4th-year PhD Candidate in History and the History of Science & Medicine at Yale University. Her dissertation addresses the impact of print as a new technology on understandings of the human body in Renaissance England and France.
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