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Historical society program to feature ‘quack’ medicine

The Salem Historical Society will welcome Cassie Nespor, curator of Melnick Medial Museum and University Archives at Youngstown State University, to give the presentation “Quack Medicine and the Birth of the FDA” via Facebook Live at 7 p.m. Tuesday. (Submitted photo)

SALEM– The Salem Historical Society will welcome Cassie Nespor, curator of Melnick Medial Museum and University Archives at Youngstown State University, to give a presentation via Facebook Live at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The presentation, “Quack Medicine and the Birth of the FDA,” will focus on one of the favorite exhibits at the Melnick Medical Museum concerning quack medicine. It features odd devices and medicines from the turn of the 20th century that were sold directly to customers to use in their homes. Most of the medicines and devices made outrageous claims to cure serious diseases. She will also discuss the beginning of the FDA and its changing role in consumer safety.

To access the video, Facebook users can search for the Salem Historical Society Group page in the Facebook search bar. Note that the presentation will appear in the group, not on the Historical Society’s Facebook page. The group’s icon features a photo of the Historical Society’s sign surrounded by daffodils.

After finding the group, viewers will be able to watch the video when it begins at 7 p.m. If the video is muted, the sound can be activated by selecting the unmute option in the bottom right-hand corner of the video.

Those who do not have a Facebook account can access the presentation by visiting www.facebook.com/groups/TheSalemHistoricalSociety instead of searching on Facebook. Since the group is public, anyone can access the presentation.

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