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Monthly History Highlights
March 11 – Johnny Appleseed Day
This day celebrates John Chapman, a legendary American pioneer and folk hero who planted apple trees across the American Frontier. Chapman was born in Massachusetts on September 26, 1774, but Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on March 11th.
Chapman earned his nickname because he planted small orchards and individual apple trees during his travels as he walked across 100,000 square miles of Midwestern wilderness and prairie. He was a genuine and dedicated professional nurseryman, known for his generous nature, his love of the wilderness, his knowledge of medicinal herbs, and his eccentric nature, too. Next time you bite into an apple, think of “Johnny Appleseed!”
March 30, 1867 - Seward's Day (Alaska)
On March 30, 1867, thanks to Secretary of State William H. Seward, the United States bought the Alaska territory from Russia. Though it was known at the time as “Seward’s Folly,” the purchase was a real bargain—the entire state of Alaska cost $7,200,000, or about two cents per acre. Seward’s Day commemorates the signing of the treaty and is observed in Alaska on the last Monday in March. This year, the holiday will be celebrated on Monday, March 29.