By Joseph McLean
August 12, 2021
Holly Grunner says she was “trolling” in the archives of the American Antiquarian Society when she faced something she could not cope with.
“It was a secret time,” she said. You’ve seen everything you need to know. And you will have time to sort the plow in the most obscure sets. But you are not sure how productive your project will be – but they will often give very interesting results.
Grunner is a PhD. Candidates in the history section of William and Mary Harrison Ruffin Tyler. She recently formed a short-term fellowship in the American Antiquarian Association, and has previously joined the largest collection of documents in the community to complete her study of kitchen gardens in the United States.
I was in James Porter’s papers because I knew he had taken some notes on herbal teachings. I found some herbs that I needed.
Grunner and Reference-desk staff were on their way to a portfolio search for James Porter’s papers when a title stopped them in the middle of the trolley. It was an “attempt to prove the existence of a Unicorn.”
“We really had to see that,” she said. You cannot see anything with that title.
Grunner sat down with the original Porter’s manuscript, which was found to have been translated by the 19th French manuscript.Th– Centennial botanist Jean-Franሷois Alcarade. Porter’s translation of “Unicorn treatment” in American Journal of Science and Arts In 1832. She found it interesting to make the article an article on the American Antiquarian Society’s blog.
19th-Century Unicorn Existence Grunnerner’s study of American garden kitchens from 1660 to 1830 was not entirely out of the question. Understanding science.
“My biggest move is to think about how deep each step is to protect the kitchen garden,” she said. This is no surprise to anyone who owns a garden. You need to know more about the weather and the soil. There are challenges, such as pruning fruit trees. It was an experiment — people always looked at their gardens and adjusted their techniques.
During her study, she realized that gardeners did not always make scientific decisions with modern concepts. Many myths are included – astrology and superstition. But she pointed out, there was a lot of danger.
“I try not to judge,” Grunner said. I try to take people on their own.
She added that kitchen gardeners are traditionally sharing information, while maintaining the best practices of fruits and vegetables. For example, if you know that your neighbor always has a good potato crop – and he is careful to plant his explosives during the waning moon in March, they will follow his example. You may want to share the quality of your own harvest with your neighbors and subscribe to a garden magazine for next spring’s recommendation (and perhaps two centuries from Holly Grunnerner).
“So, I think I really do not have much of a line between folklore and science,” she said. I am interested in something that is true for them, true for them. For these people, science and myth – all mixed up. And the line between the two can be really blurred, right? ”
Grinner says evidence from Lancaster is that the blurred line is too thin for Unicon’s existence. She explains that Laterrade to Narhol, whose horn is often described as a permanent, horse-like Unicorn, is not a single white whale.
And in the real Unicorn horn, there is no time for myths about beliefs in various magical properties. Such “lying or ignorance” hides the real work – the existence of creation.
Later, when Reradrad’s Bible was written as a general reference, he quoted several Old Testament references to Unicorn. Unicorns is also mentioned by the older Pliny the Elder and other respected authors, writes. Later, in 1663, he added evidence in the form of a Unicorn skeleton, now known as Germany, and “sent to Princess Abebe.” Grunnerner argues that the latter claims must be seen in the context of the times.
“We’re talking about the 1830s here,” she said. “It was an explosion, a real breakthrough. They found all sorts of things – mammoth and matodon skeletons. In the past, many things were considered impossible.
And think of Platips: a duck split, an egg-laying mammal with poisonous thorns. It is a far more ugly animal than Unicon – and is not blessed with a single reference in the Bible.
“There are horses and a Unicon is no different from a horse. So, I think people are more likely to think that there is something like Unicorn. ” “Because, why not? These were all things. ”
Her scholarly observation says that crops grown in certain horoscopes are better able to cope with drought, or even if there are unicorns.
“I leave it up to strong scientists to tell me the truth,” Grunner added. “But I am curious about why my students do something. Why did it happen? Them? ››