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THE OKLAHOMA DRUGSTORE STORIES SITE IS OPERATED BY
THE OKLAHOMA PHARMACY HERITAGE FOUNDATION, A NON PROFIT 501(c)(3)
A  B  O  U  T     U  S
The Leech Jar was
used to store the
common parasitic
flat worms used in
the past to suck
blood and toxins
from the sick.  

The practice of
leeching is still
used in some
places to drain
blood from
swollen faces after
reconstructive
surgery.

This beautiful
example of an old
leech jar is better
observed closed
as its odor is as
foul as its former
occupants!

Source On line:
Live Science
The Oklahoma Pharmacy Heritage Foundation was officially created in
July, 1980 but got its' start in the 1970s through the efforts of Ralph Enix,
a dedicated pharmacist from Kingfisher. Enix had long been a collector
of pharmacy artifacts and through his vision, he inspired interest among
several other pharmacists.

The Foundation was formed with the specific goal of preserving the heritage
of the pharmacy profession and
to create a drugstore museum to share
this heritage with the public. Kingfisher and Guthrie were the suggested
locations for the museum as each
city was established on April 22, 1889
as a result of the opening of the Unassigned Lands for settlement. Many of
the pharmacists and medical professionals who established drugstores in
The Oklahoma Territories came here on, or shortly after the Land Run.

After several years of collecting memorabilia and artifacts from countless
donors and pharmacy sources, the Oklahoma Frontier Drugstore Museum

was opened in the beautiful Gaffney Building in downtown Guthrie. The
building was restored specifically for the museum and remains a major
tourist attraction in Oklahoma's First Capital.
To celebrate its Silver Anniversary, OPHF initiated a campaign
to aid the funding of an Apothecary Garden located adjacent to
the museum. Its goal is to showcase medicinal plants and herbs
that were and are, vital to the medical and pharmaceutical
communities. The Apothecary Garden opened in late spring of
2006 as a fitting memorial to the pioneers who settled the
Territories and a welcome addition to the flavor of Guthrie's
Historic District and the State of Oklahoma.
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