Press Release

Urbana University Announces Johnny Appleseed Educational Center & Museum Relocation


Sherry Mercurio
Executive Director, Office of Community Relations
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Urbana, OH (March 7, 2018)

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University announced it will be moving the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center & Museum (the “Museum”) from its current location in the Urbana University Student Center to Browne Hall. 

Located at the gateway to campus, Browne Hall provides a larger and more accessible space for Museum patrons, K-12 school groups and others to view the newly expanded display of artifacts and museum holdings. In addition, the move provides additional parking and a beautiful outdoor space for guests to enjoy during larger community events.

The Johnny Appleseed Educational Center & Museum holds the largest collection of memorabilia and written information about the life of John "Appleseed" Chapman in the world. Complete with a computer research database and a family history and National Registry of Johnny Appleseed’s relatives, the museum is a wealth of history and a lot of fun.

To prepare for the move, the Museum will officially close Monday, March 12.  A spring open house will be announced in the coming weeks to mark the Museum’s re-opening.

About Urbana University - A Branch Campus of Franklin University

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, prepares students for successful and professional careers within a caring and supportive environment. Regionally well known for education and teacher preparation programs, Urbana was founded in 1850 and acquired by Franklin in 2014. Urbana’s 128-acre, residential campus nestled in heart of Ohio provides a background for students actively engaged in campus activities through 20 student-led academic, professional, performing arts, social and service organizations. Blue Knights athletics includes 17 NCAA Division II sports and three intercollegiate club sports. Urbana University is a division of Franklin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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