Once your family arrived in the west often there was not a doctor within miles. The medical care of the
family landed in the hands of the family. Luckily, it was soon learned that the plants held many secrets for
someone who was ill. Chew a little willow bark for a headache, pine needles are rich in vitamin C, a spider
web will close up a cut, and so much more. For this presentation a frontier medical bag is used to take and
in depth look at illness and how it was treated in late 1800s Arizona.
Jody Drake was born and raised in Prescott Arizona and still calls it home. She is the Founding Director of
Blue Rose Theater. The theater worked at the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott AZ for 18 years and has
performed throughout the state. Drake has been presenting Sharlot Hall to Arizona audiences for the last
16 years. Her first person presentation is rich with poetry and the history of Sharlot Hall’s Arizona. She
mixes the rich stories of the west with an enchanting combination of humor and fact. She is at ease with all
age levels. Jody has presented for Ex-Governors Brewer, Napolitono, and Hull; as well as, Sandra Day
O’Connor, Polly Rosenbom, and Raoul Castro.