Historian Victoria Johnson on Her Book "American Eden"

Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Historian Victoria Johnson will give an illustrated lecture about her new book, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic. When Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr met on a dueling ground in July 1804, they chose the same attending physician: David Hosack. Family doctor and friend to both, Hosack is today a shadowy figure at the edge of a famous duel, the great achievements of his life forgotten. But in 1801, on twenty acres of Manhattan farmland, Hosack founded the first botanical garden in the new nation, amassing a spectacular collection of medicinal, agricultural, and ornamental plants that brought him worldwide praise from the likes of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander von Humboldt. Hosack used his pioneering institution to train the next generation of American doctors and naturalists and to conduct some of the first pharmaceutical research in the United States. Today, his former garden is home to Rockefeller Center.

Community Partner: The Westport Garden Club
Location: Community Room at St. Luke’s Church, 84 Long Lots Road

Victoria Johnson is a writer and professor living in New York City. She holds a doctorate in sociology from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale. She teaches at Hunter College of the City University of New York on the history of philanthropy, the natural environment, and New York City.

Author Photo by Yanka Kostova

 

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