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The Last Living Johnny Appleseed Apple Tree Recognition Event: Recognizing Five Ohio Generations of Historic American Stewardship

Urbana, OH (November 25, 2019)

Contact: Mike Mongo, Official Ambassador
Johnny Appleseed in Space

What: Ohio House of Representatives honoring by Commendation five living generations of the Algeo family of Nova, Ohio for their Stewardship of Last-Known Living Apple Tree Planted by American Frontiersman Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman.
Where: Harvey-Algeo Centennial Farm, 1251 Co Rd 175, Nova, OH 44859
When: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 12pm (noon)

For more than five generations, 92-year old Dick Algeo’s family has been faithful stewards of the last known apple tree planted by American frontiersman Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman. The beloved Johnny Appleseed, a real life figure who planted millions of apple seeds in his lifetime, across Ohio and from Illinois to Pennsylvania, and broke ground to lay the foundation for tens of thousands of homesteaders to make their homes in the early United States, from the time he was 17 in 1792 until his death at age 70 in 1844. Dick is still able to recount accounts of Johnny Appleseed told to him by his own great grandmother. Also present will be Dick’s daughter, Barbara Morgan, his granddaughter, Kathryn Gibson, his great-granddaughter Amy Paramore-Sheaffer, and his great-great grandchildren Tristan and Willow Paramore-Sheaffer.
Urbana University is the home to the Johnny Appleseed Museum and Education in Urbana, Ohio. The school was founded in 1850 on land Johnny Appleseed persuaded local Swedenborgian church members to donate. Trees grafted from the Nova, Ohio apple tree grow on school grounds today. Housed at Urbana University, Johnny Appleseed in Space is a Space STEM project led by astronaut teacher and Space STEM educator Mike Mongo, Official Ambassador of Johnny Appleseed in Space. Johnny Appleseed in Space, in partnership with United Launch Alliance, is sending apple seeds to Space from the last known living apple tree planted by Johnny Appleseed. The apple seeds will return to Earth and be propagated and distributed to participating schools in Ohio and the US. The seedlings will be  grown in school yards as Johnny Appleseed Space apple trees.
In honor of United Launch Alliance’s (America’s largest launch services provider) partnership with Urbana University and astronaut teacher Mike Mongo to convey the Johnny Appleseed apple seeds to space and back, Representative Darrel Kick of the Ohio House of Representatives (District 70) has graciously stepped forward to present an Ohio House of Representatives commendation. 
12-12:10pm: Comments by Mike Mongo, Official Ambassador Johnny Appleseed in Space
12:10-12:20pm: Comments by Bill Dodd, US Apple Association board member 
12:20-12:30pm: Commendation presentation, Dr. Christopher Washington, Urbana University
12:30-1pm: media opportunity to interview 92-year old Dick Algeo on his report of Johnny Appleseed told to him by his great-grandmother. 
A video of the last known living apple tree planted by Johnny Appleseed, located in Nova, Ohio is also available:

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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