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Frisco Native American Museum VOLUNTEERS CREATE GARDEN FOR MUSEUM As part of the 17th Journey Home Gathering at the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center this spring, volunteers refurbished the existing garden and added a second herb garden on the nature trail. The project, which was led by museum staff member, Amber Roth, created a new exhibit showcasing almost 20 plants and expanded a project begun with the 2014 Gathering. Some of the plants were found on museum property while others were donated and include exotic sounding names such as Mug Wart, Lamb’s Ear, Mallow, Bull Thistle, Hen Bit and Star Grass to the more familiar Lavender, Rosemary, Catnip, Spearmint, Blackberry, Sage and Plantain. The use of herbs for healing has been part of Native American medicine for thousands of years. Leaves, flowers, berries, nuts, bark, rootstock and roots were gathered from specific plants and turned into powders, poultices, oils, ointments, salves and teas. The remedies were not only used for healing but also contributed to over-all wellness. Although healers were available in villages, the practices were not kept secret and most families gathered and stored their own herbs. Information has been shared over time, and much of what we know about herbal remedies today can be attributed to Native American practices. Amber Roth smiles when asked about the exhibit. “ We are hoping to help visitors change their perceptions” she said. “Many plants that they might normally think of as weeds actually have medicinal uses when mixed properly.” Visitors will not only be able to see the plants but will be encouraged to “swap” information, learning more about the herbs in the museum gardens while sharing their own experiences. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is located on Hatteras island in Frisco. For more information, visit the web site at or call 252-995-4440. Albemarle Tradewinds has never required contracts from it’s clients. 24 Albemarle Tradewinds June 2015

In a few weeks The Museum of the Albemarle will open, I Do! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831–2015. This exhibit has been 5 years in the making. Most of that time was spent raising money for conservation of the wedding outfits. A two-piece wedding suit from Hyde County required the most conservation; thereby was recommended for inclusion to the list of North Carolina’s Most Endangered Artifacts. The skirt and jacket was worn by Ida Patrick Weston when she married William Timothy Berry on February 27, 1884. William and his brother Alexander later formed the Berry Company in Swan Quarter in 1892. The mercantile company provided everything from funeral services to wholesale lumber. Ida’s navy, wool suit required extensive conservation due to its deteriorating condition. During conservation, the pieces were surface cleaned, stains were removed, and holes and tears were repaired. The Museum also has in its collection William’s three-piece wedding suit (jacket, vest, and trousers). His navy blue suit was also sent along to the conservator where repairs were made and stains removed. A second collection that required conservation was the wedding dress, shoes, and boots worn by Margaret A. MacKeel when she married Joseph C. Meekins on February 22, 1911. Margaret wore a white silk dress embroidered in seed pearls during the ceremony that took place at the MacKeel residence in Columbia, NC. The couple met in 1908 and became engaged on July 31, 1909. The dress required comprehensive and extensive repairs with reconstruction under the arms. The cream colored heeled shoes and the cream kid leather boots required repair due to the dried and cracked leather. By: Wanda Lassiter, Curator, Museum of the Albemarle Credit Card Knife Available at River City Computers! Only $1.50 Great to have in your wallet for that emergency situation. Folds up like a credit card and unfolds into a knife. Plastic and Stainless Steel. 2525620987 Albemarle Tradewinds June 2015 25