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53rd Meeting of Society for Economic Botany to Be Held at Frostburg State University

53rd Meeting of Society for Economic Botany to Be Held at Frostburg State University
Ethnobotany of Mountain Cultures Is Theme of Weeklong Conference

FROSTBURG, Md. – The Society for Economic Botany (SEB) will hold its 53rd Annual Meeting at Frostburg State University from Sunday, June 3, through Thursday, June 7, with a theme of Ethnobotany of Mountain Cultures. The meeting, presented with the support of Allegany College of Maryland, will feature a wide range of experiences, including symposium sessions, workshops and field trips as well as entertainment, food celebrating Appalachian food traditions and a farmer’s market.

Many events are free and open to the general public.

SEB brings together scholars, researchers, educators, practitioners, activists and students to learn all kinds of uses that various cultures have made of plants, from medicines to food to vessels.

The symposium conference, with sessions Monday through Thursday in FSU’s Compton Science Center and the Lane University Center, will explore various mountain cultures, including their medicine, food and folklore. The symposium will feature Appalachian Ethnobotany on Monday, June 4; Ethnobiology Education on Tuesday, June 5; Mountain Cultures around the World on Wednesday, June 6; and Modern Mountain Cultural Identities on Thursday, June 7. Registration is available for the entire conference symposium or for individual single days.

Other events include a pre-conference student-led service project and photography workshop on Saturday, June 2; an evening farmers market in FSU’s Upper Quad from 4 to 8 p.m. and music and storytelling from Sparky and Rhonda Rucker at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 3; dancing and a photography exhibit on Monday; a presentation by Dr. W. Hardy Eshbaugh at Allegany College of Maryland in nearby Cumberland, Md., titled “With Drum and Stethoscope – Medicine on the Far Side” on Tuesday; and a banquet and awards ceremony on Wednesday.

Pre- and post-conferences field trips to regional areas of interest related to economic botany are also scheduled.

More information is available at or by emailing A call for abstracts is open until April 1 at

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or

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