oooh ooh, I finally (and I mean finally ) acquired my very own copy of this rare old book to complete my set of the PA German Society's two volumes of hard to find herbal information. You might remember when I obtained the first volume last year. I seriously love this kind of business expense! Since last summer I have carefully studied a copy at the Kutztown Historical Society library that allowed me to do research for my talks. But now, whenever the muse strikes, I only need to pad over to my own bookcase to thumb through the fragile pages. I couldn't have been happier to find it. Curiously though, the information, in either volume, is not listed alphabetically, so I will need to make up my own index to use them efficiently. Another project on the list for a good snowy day.
Early Friday morning I will be piling on the layers to brave the winds rocking Chicago's O'Hare International airport to attend the 10th annual Herb Day 2009 hosted by the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus. I was invited to be a speaker at this year's program by Chuck Voight, Extension Vegetable and Herb Specialist in the University's Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences department. My talk will be a repeat of the "Medicinal and Folkloric Plant uses of The Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch" that I did last summer at the International Herb Association conference. To hear more about this year's conference speakers listen to this recent WILL-AM radio interview with Chuck Voight at the bottom of the post. (To avoid news and ads, jump ahead to the 6:00 minute mark.) Some really fascinating topics ( and speakers) will be presented this year: "Harvesting and Preserving Herbs" with Melvin and Kathryn Schiedermayer . "Baking Herb Breads with Special Meanings" with Father Dominic Garramone, a Benedictine monk from St. Bede's Abbey. "Fiesta in Lucinda's Garden" and "Theme Gardens from Around the World" with Lucinda Hutson. I will bring you a new post after I blow back into PHL on Sunday. Off to start packing now and polish up my Deitsch pronunciations and Power Point!