Get to know Johnny Appleseed

Steven MacPhail as Johnny Appleseed

Johnny Appleseed is coming to the Dubois County Museum at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. A presentation about Johnny Appleseed, an early 19th century folk hero, will be given by Steven MacPhail, storyteller, teacher and interpreter.

MacPhail is a high school history teacher and has researched the character of Johnny Appleseed extensively. He tries to portray Johnny Appleseed as accurately as possible. He clothes himself in the clothing common to frontiersman of the early 19th century, carries a bag of seeds to hand out, and another bag with interesting trinkets.

MacPhail, as Johnny, introduces himself and tells about his life on the frontier as a real character from 1800 through the 1840s. He talks about the frontier customs, geography and disproves some of the legends surrounding the character of Johnny Appleseed.

Appleseed’s love for children and animals is evident as he describes contacts with both. His early life is discussed along with his attitude about life and his relationship with God and others, both Indian and White man. Time for questions will be given at the end of the performance.

The museum, at 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information, call 634-7733 or visit The museum is also on Facebook and Twitter.


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