Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, proudly served as a featured stop on this year’s Urbana Home & Garden Tour. The June 29 and 30 tour included a stop at UU’s Browne Hall, home to the Miller Center for Visual Arts and Johnny Appleseed Education Center and Museum.
More than 900 visitors joined the weekend tour, taking in the Miller Center for Visual Art’s artwork, learning about Johnny Appleseed, and exploring the Victorian Gothic architecture of Browne Hall which includes dogtooth brickwork, turrets and gables of the exterior and the hand-carved woodwork and hand-painted tiles on the fireplaces.
Home & Garden Tour visitors strolled the building, taking in the iconic artifacts, while docents provided information about the building and its history. Guests were treated to a special book signing by author Ann Corfman who was on site signing her books about Johnny Appleseed.
Browne Hall has been utilized in a variety of ways over the years and is now proud to be the home of the Miller Center for Visual Arts and the Johnny Appleseed Museum. Browne Hall is open during regular Museum hours: Thursdays and Fridays from 1-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Visitors can also call 937-772-9297 for information regarding group and private tours.
About the Miller Center for Visual Arts
The Miller Center for Visual Arts opened its doors in 2010, the result of a dream of Nancy Miller and her family to display contemporary works of art for people to see what is going on in the current art world, to stretch minds, and to expand their interest in the visual arts. With deep roots in Champaign County and a connection to the University, Nancy worked to develop this venue even though she was in failing health. Nancy did not live to see her art work on display in the newly renovated Browne Hall – but her legacy and memory lives on at Urbana. Learn more: https://www.urbana.edu/about-us/community/miller-center-visual-arts
About the Johnny Appleseed Education Center and Museum
Located on the campus of Urbana University, a proud member of the Urbana community, the Johnny Appleseed Education Center and Museum honors one of the area's most iconic figures in history. The Museum houses numerous artifacts such as wood and bark from original trees planted by Johnny Appleseed; photos of monuments and markers dedicated to Johnny Appleseed; and numerous publications about the life and legend of Johnny Appleseed. Learn more: https://www.urbana.edu/about-us/community/johnny-appleseed-education-center-and-museum
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.