Preserving and Sharing Hilo’s Pharmacy Past

May 14, 2024 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Lyman Museum
276 Haili St. Hilo
HI 96720

L: Lehua Waianuhea, Lyman Museum intern, prepares to photograph a pharmacy ledger. R: Hilo Drug Co. building, ca. 1920. Photo credits: Lyman Museum and Harry A. Wessel Collection, Lyman Museum

Matinée Presentation:

Historic ledgers from the bygone Hilo Drug Company contain prescriptions for alcohol, cocaine, castor oil, and quinine, as well as for synthetic medicines including aspirin, insulin, and penicillin.  With a grant from the Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Lyman Museum is preserving 13 of these large pharmacy ledgers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  On Monday evening, May 13, and the following afternoon, May 14, a panel of UH-Hilo interns, scholars, and Museum staff will share their progress on the care of these fragile ledgers, the digital project, and community access to the information.  Come learn about Hilo’s health history—a story with many ties to the wider world!

Admission is free to this Saigo presentation. Please support the Museum by becoming a member, and enjoy all Saigo Series programs, all year round, at no charge!

Seating is limited; first come, first seated.

ON MONDAY EVENINGS ONLY, additional parking is available next door at Hilo Union School,

Kapiolani Street entrance; park, then walk through our green gate in the rock wall.

On Monday evenings, doors open at 6:30PM.  E komo mai!

Lyman Museum ~ 276 Haili St ~ Hilo, Hawai‘i ~ (808) 935-5021 ~ The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated Lyman Museum showcases the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i to tell the story of its islands and its people.