Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Coming Up...

Arbor Day is coming up on April 27th, the last Friday of this month. Let me tell you a little bit about the history of Arbor Day...

*Nebraskans planted more than a million trees on April 10, 1872, in celebration of the first Arbor Day.

*The first Arbor Day fulfilled the dream of Julius Sterling Morton, a newspaper editor and former governor of the Nebraska Territory. Morton, an ardent proponent of forestation, lobbied for years for a holiday to encourage the planting of trees.

*In 1885, thirteen years after Arbor Day was first celebrated, Nebraskans changed the date to April 22 in honor of Morton's birthday. Arbor Day is now officially celebrated worldwide on the last Friday in April.

*By 1907, Arbor Day was observed in every state in the Union, principally through school programs.

*Schoolchildren were urged, through these celebrations, to consider the planting of a tree as a patriotic, even pious, act, as well as a sound investment and a contribution to community aesthetics.

These facinating facts were found at the Library of Congress - American Memory website.

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