Urbana’s Johnny Appleseed museum grand reopening draws 200

May 2—About 200 folks attended the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum’s grand reopening and ribbon-cutting occasion final week.

“After nearly three years of being closed, we are so thrilled by the warm reception of our community and visitors,” stated director Mikaela Prescott. “Our grand reopening was a huge success, with beautiful warm breezy weather, folk music, Appleseed paintings, and a visit from Johnny Appleseed himself, we welcomed nearly 200 guests to walk through our updated museum.”

The occasion, which was held on April 27, included museum excursions, kids’s actions, face portray, storytelling, meals, and visits on the orchard of Johnny Appleseed saplings and the kids’s backyard. The museum held a gentle opening final November.

The museum closed three-and-a-half years in the past in March 2020 when Franklin University closed Urbana University, a department campus, due to the impression of the coronavirus pandemic. Franklin University offered the 143-year-old Browne Hall constructing, residence of the museum and academic middle since 2018, to the Johnny Appleseed Foundation in June 2020.

Since that point, museum officers raised funds for the acquisition of the constructing to deal with the museum, re-inventoried the entire assortment, and developed and carried out the redesign.

“With the closure of our affiliate, Urbana University, the museum was left with the monumental task of becoming an independent entity. Our foundation engaged the design talents of the local company Exhibit Concepts Inc. out of Vandalia, to bring to life a museum that was modern yet timeless and fun for all ages while keeping true to our mission,” Prescott stated.

The constructing homes a museum that preserves the historical past of the pioneering orchardist John Chapman, also called Johnny Appleseed.

Chapman was an entrepreneur and a missionary, and his apple tree saplings and nurseries had a optimistic impression on settlers in Ohio, elements of Pennsylvania into Indiana as he pushed for additional settlement. Cider produced from Chapman’s apples was additionally used as a dependable, sanitary ingesting supply, as water was typically unsanitary on the time, basis officers beforehand stated.

Chapman additionally had private ties to the realm. He personally knew John James, of Urbana, a lawyer and banker who donated the land for Urbana College, later Urbana University, based on the muse.

The museum is situated at 518 College Way within the former Browne Hall on the previous Urbana University campus. It’s free to the general public, and operations are funded on particular person donations and fundraising.

The middle and museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with group excursions by appointment. Those keen on a tour can name forward to schedule a go to throughout off-hours.

If keen on volunteering or for extra data, contact [email protected] or go to the web site at

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