American Eden: Botany and Medicine in the Early Republic
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery
500 25th St., Brooklyn
718-210-3080 Price: $9/$4 for members
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Dr. David Hosack was a pioneering physician and botanist who created the first botanical garden of the United States (which is now buried deep beneath Rockefeller Center). He left behind a rich legacy that stressed the importance of medicine and botany in the development of the burgeoning Republic. A little known fact: he was the doctor on duty at the infamous Hamilton-Burr duel in 1804.
Join author Victoria Johnson, associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College, for a lively conversation with Jeff Richman, Green-Wood’s historian, about this remarkable, but largely forgotten, man; his many friends who are interred at Green-Wood; and the relationship between his Elgin Gardens and the Cemetery.
Johnson’s American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden, which both the Wall Street Journal and Ron Chernow (author of Alexander Hamilton) have called “captivating,” was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award in Nonfiction, the 2018 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Biography, and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History.Buy tickets/get more info now