Old York’s popular winter lecture and dinner series, History. . . with a side of soup! continues with Old York’s own living history expert, Hannah Peterson.
Our ancestors had a keen knowledge of the natural world around them, using native plants for everything from food and dye to medicine and personal hygiene. Hannah Peterson has researched the use of herbs and plants in Maine, and explored how they were prepared. Using hands-on examples of plants, dyed fabrics, and primitive tools, she shares her extensive knowledge of this unique aspect of Maine’s history.
Hannah Peterson is trained as a master seamstress. She has been a historical reenactor since she was 15, and is a member of McAlpin’s Corps of Loyal American Volunteers, a Revolutionary War reenactor group. Peterson’s interest in wild edibles and plant medicine began at an early age, when her mother taught her about spring wildflowers, and later in high school when she studied botany. She is an avid collector of books about ethnobotany—the study of how a people use their native plants—and has lectured on the topic at Freeport Historical Society and MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair. She is currently employed as an educator at Old York Historical Society.
The lecture is followed immediately by a simple supper of soup and bread in Jefferds Tavern. Attendees are welcome to bring their own wine or beer.