Herbal Lessons from the Pioneer Days

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Volume 37-075 For Immediate Release: March 25, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- Are you one of the many people who use fresh herbs in your home? In addition to cooking, you might be surprised to learn how pioneers used them. Multiple uses for herbal plants will be shown to the public at a free demonstration Wednesday, April 15 at First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Herbs were the mainstay of pioneer life. Listen, watch and make things the way they did in Missouri's past. Take advantage of this opportunity to use and identify herbs for cooking and seasoning, medicinal and household purposes, dying fabric and for folkloric devices. Save money by planting your own herb garden; samples of plants and seeds will be available to take home. Bring the kids for herbal milk painting.

First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site served as the meeting place for the state's first legislators from 1821 through 1826. Today, the governmental chambers and dry goods store have been restored to their original appearance. The historic site is located at 200-216 South Main St. in St. Charles.

For more information on the event, call the site at 636-940-3322 or the Department of Natural Resources directly at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.