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Touring Nebraska Orchards in 1872

Well before the emergence of Arbor Day as a state holiday dedicated to tree planting, southeast Nebraska had a number of thriving orchards. In 1872 the Nebraska State Horticultural Society sponsored a summer tour of some of the most outstanding … Continue reading

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A Proposed Arboreal Bureau

An arboreal bureau managed by the Nebraska State Historical Society? J. Sterling Morton, the father of Arbor Day in Nebraska, and a longtime member of the Historical Society, in 1886 recommended the establishment of such a bureau. Morton early recognized … Continue reading

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Happy Birth-Arbor-Earth Day

April 22, 1832: J. Sterling Morton is born. April 22, 1885:  The Nebraska legislature sets observation of Arbor Day, a new state holiday, on Morton’s birthday. Having moved to Nebraska Territory in 1854, Morton was an early and ardent advocate of tree planting. He proposed the … Continue reading

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