Johnny Appleseed’s Westward Journey

William Kerrigan, Cole Distinguished Professor of American History, Muskingum University

Wednesday, November 16 @ 7.30 pm, Parrish Auditorium (note change of venue!)

Johnny_Appleseed_1.jpgThe legend of Johnny Appleseed is based on the life of a real person. Born into a poor Yankee family on the eve of the American Revolution, the young John Chapman headed west in the last years of the 18th century. This talk recovers the life of the “real” Johnny Appleseed, teasing out fact from myth, and revealing the life of an extraordinary individual whose real story is more compelling than the myth that emerged in the years after his death.

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  • Free public event in Partnership with the Smith Library of Regional History to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Lane Libraries.
  • Reception to follow.

History as a Source of Strength

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David McCullough

Congratulations to David McCullough, 2016 Roesel lecturer and winner of this year’s John E. Dolibois History Prize. His presentation, “History as a Source of Strength,” was co-sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project, The Lane Libraries, and the Hamilton Community Foundation. Marking the 150th anniversary of the Lane Libraries, Mr. McCullough reflected on the importance of history, public education, libraries, and learningĀ in shaping American life through the ages.

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Miami University Regionals Dean Cathy Bishop-Clark greets the speaker

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l-r: Joe Greenward (Director, The Lane Libraries); David McCullough; Curtis Ellison (Director, Colligan History Project)

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Meeting the author