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The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum
Historic Bailey Hall, Urbana University, Urbana OhioThe Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum, sponsored by the Johnny Appleseed Society and Urbana University, seeks to promote the ideals by which Johnny Appleseed lived and to memorialize the many roles he played in the development of the Northwest Territory.
Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman. He was a New Englander who came west in the 1790s seeking new opportunities and serving as a missionary of Emmanuel Swedenborg's writings. Chapman was known among settlers at that time as a man of very simple means who spread his faith in God as he traveled from settlement to settlement planting apple seeds. It was from this simple living and dedication to God's teaching that the legend of Johnny Appleseed was born.
The Center on the campus of Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio holds the largest collection of memorabilia and written information about the life of John "Appleseed" Chapman known to exist in the world. A computer database is also available for research purposes for retreival and identification of information, and serves as a clearinghouse for information. A National Registry of Johnny Appleseed's relatives has also been established for those interested in geneological heritage.
Special items on display at the museum include a cider press (circa 1850) that was used by John James to process apples from trees planted by Johnny Appleseed in Champaign County, commemorative plates from festivals held in his honour, wood and bark from original trees planted by Johnny Appleseed in Ohio and Indiana, photos of monuments and markers dedicated to Johnny Appleseed, and a portion of the many publications about Johnny Appleseed's life and legend that have been collected. In 1999, seedlings from the last-known surviving apple tree planted by Johnny Appleseed were transplanted into the courtyard around the museum. The trees are testimony to Johnny Appleseed's everlasting contributions to agricultural stewarsdhip.
Significant Contributors to the Johnny Appleseed Society and MuseumJohn James - A good friend of John Chapman's in Urbana who, upon the inspiration and wishes of his friend, donated the land necessary to build Urbana University as a center of learning based upon the ideals and writings of Emmanuel Swedenborg. Johnny Appleseed planted apple trees on much of James' property, including a tract at 300 S High Street in Urbana.
Francis Bailey - John James' father-in-law, who printed many religious pamphlets that Johnny Appleseed circulated as he missioned to the early settlers along his route from New England to Ohio and to Indiana.
Milo Williams - The first president of Urbana University who knew Johnny Appleseed and was influenced by him. Williams was a botanist and, like Johnny Appleseed, studied plant biology and the writings of Swederborg.
Robert Price - Author of the book "Johnny Appleseed, Man and Myth." While many books have been written about Johnny Appleseed, this is the definitive biography. The copyrights to the book are now owned by the Johnny Appleseed Society, and all proceeds from the sale or use of information from the book benefit the society.
Florence Murdock - Secretary of the Swedenborgian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. Murdock collected materials about Johnny Appleseed for many years and donated the entire collection to the museum
Myrtle Ake, LHD - Director for the Johnny Appleseed Center for Creative Learning in Dexter City, Ohio. Some of the Center's crafts and collection are on display in the museum. She is a trustee for the Johnny Appleseed Foundation.
C.B. Dawes, LHD - Established the Johnny Appleseed Foundation at the Dawes Arboretum, which was moved to the Urbana University campus in 1996. Dawes studied the life of Johnny APpleseed for many years and wrote several historical articles about his life.
Robert Willians, LHD - the great-great-great nephew of Johnny Appleseed and a founding member of the Johnny Appleseed Foundation. He worked for most of his life to promote the ideals by which John Chapman lived.
Museum is open 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm on Saturday.
To Visit the CenterThe Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum is open by appointment for individual and group tours. Volunteers from Urbana University and the Johnny Appleseed Society serve as your hosts. Some publications, crafts, and photos are available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Johnny Appleseed Society and the continued growth and operation of the museum.
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and The National Apple Museum
154 West Hanover Street - P.O. Box 656
Biglerville, PA 17307-9442 - Telephone: 717-677-4556