Who was Johnny Appleseed? Find out at the library

Who was Johnny Appleseed? Find out at the library

This week in library news, I’m back in the fun facts from history genre, but I’m mixing it with a little bit of tasty recipe recommendations and a couple random holidays to celebrate along with it. Which all leads me to the actual topic: Johnny Appleseed.

I’m sure many of my readers are familiar with the name, he is a folk legend after all; but, as with many of these types of legends, he is based on a real person. Johnny Appleseed was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774 in Leominster, Massachusetts. There is now an unofficial holiday on that day to celebrate his legacy. John Chapman’s childhood remains a mystery but sources seem to agree that his actions from around 1800 until his death on March 10, 1845 account for his folk hero status.

Just what did he do during this period of his life? In this period of American history, we see one of the first migrations towards the west; this would include what would become Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois. Chapman traveled through Ohio and Indiana planting orchards and reportedly giving saplings and seeds to others who were traveling westward so that they too could plant apple trees. He charged nothing for these seeds and saplings, simply gifting them to other settlers.

It is said that he traveled hundreds of miles to care for his orchards, and eventually he came to own about 1200 acres of orchards. Tales of his deeds spread and eventually an article was written about him by W.D. Haley in 1871, published in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, called “Johnny Appleseed, a Pioneer Hero”.

As is common with folk heroes and the tales told about them, there are variations. Some tales claim he wore a coffee sack for a shirt and a tin pot on his head; in other tales he’s a medicine man to Native Americans. There are numerous books and short stories written about Johnny Appleseed and his orchards, including some we have on our library shelves.

In addition to the September 26th date, some also choose to celebrate him on March 10, which is the date of his death. Regardless of which you choose, have fun looking into the various tales told about the man that enjoyed tending his apple orchards and spread that love into the west. If you are also a fan of apples, but aren’t looking to grow your own apple trees, considering checking out A to Z World Foods on our databases page on our website. Do a bit of your own traveling while browsing through apple recipes from around the world!

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Library Services:

All library branches open for Grab-&-Go Quick Services along with Curbside Pickup, Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Plain Dealing and Tooke Branch: Monday – Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Library Locations:

•    Aulds Branch: 3950 Wayne Ave, Bossier City, 318.742.2337

•    Benton Branch: 115 Courthouse Dr, Benton, 318.965.2751

•    Central Library: 2206 Beckett St, Bossier City, 318.746.1693

•    East 80 Branch: 1050 Bellevue Rd, Haughton, 318.949.2665

•    History Center: 2206 Beckett St, Bossier City, 318.746.7717

•    Plain Dealing Branch: 208 E Mary Lee Ave, Plain Dealing, 318.326.4233

•    Tooke Branch:451 Fairview Point Rd, Elm Grove, 318.987.3915

New Materials:

•    The Archer: A Novel by Shruti Swami (Fiction; Book)

•    Forever Young: A Memoir by Hayley Mills (Autobiography; Book)

•    Into the Forest: A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love by Rebecca Frankel (Non-Fiction; Book)

•    Poet Warrior: A Memoir by Joy Harjo (Autobiography; Book)

•    Reading Between the Crimes: A Jane Doe Book Club Mystery by Kate Young (Fiction; Book)

•    Say it Loud: On Race, Law, History, and Culture by Randall Kennedy (Non-Fiction; Book)

•    The Stolen Hours by Allen Eskens (Fiction; Book)

•    We Are Not Broken by George M. Johnson (YA Biography; Book).

Annie Gilmer is Community Engagement?Librarian?at Bossier Parish Public Libraries.


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