Howard Means recounts the life of John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. The author reports that the often mythologized John Chapman (1774-1845) was a land speculator whose westward travels assisted in paving the way for future settlers. As was typical of the apples of the day, the famously planted orchards bore sour fruit better suited to producing hard cider than eating. Mr. Means relays that Mr. Chapman was a vegetarian and pacifist as well an evangelist for the Church of New Jerusalem. Howard Means recounted the life of Johnny Appleseed at the Johnny Appleseed Educational Center and Museum at Urbana University, where he did some of his research for the book. He responded to questions from members of the audience. close
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Joseph D. Besecker Director Johnny Appleseed Society
Howard Means Senior Editor (Former) Washingtonian Magazine
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