Urbana University - New Interactive Exhibit Will Bring “Johnny Appleseed” to Life

Thanks to the generous gift of $30,000 from an anonymous donor, the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center & Museum at Urbana University will be creating an interactive exhibit detailing the impact of John Chapman. This traveling exhibit, featuring augmented reality, hands on activities, and artifacts from Chapman’s life work, will open tentatively in September 2015 at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s satellite site located in the Upper Valley Mall in Springfield, Ohio.   Cheryl Ogden, Johnny Appleseed Museum director, said, “This gift will allow the museum to tell the story about John Chapman’s life and work to an expanded audience that we might not have been able to reach before.  The plan is to have this exhibit travel the country telling the story of this remarkable man to even more people.  Fees from the exhibit’s rental will contribute to sustaining the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum here at Urbana University.” For additional information regarding this exhibit or the Museum, contact Cheryl Ogden at cogden@urbana.edu or 937-484-1303.

 

Founded in 1850, Urbana University serves more than 1800 students from around the world from its 128-acre campus nestled in the historic city of Urbana, Ohio.  Known for innovative academic programs that feature personal attention from faculty, the University offers more than 30 undergraduate programs and several graduate degrees, delivering course work in class, online, or a combination of both.  Blue Knights athletics includes 15 NCAA II sports along with intercollegiate bowling and shooting sports.

 

Urbana University was the first college in the state to offer a nontraditional degree completion program and the second institution of higher education in Ohio to admit women.  Founded by Swedenborgian friends of John Chapman, the famous frontiersman called “Johnny Appleseed,” the campus is home to the Johnny Appleseed Museum, including a rich collection of the personal artifacts and history of this 19th century American hero.

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