Tag Archives: Arbor Day

Timeline Tuesday: Arbor Day Origins

Arbor Day began inauspiciously as one of a number of efforts to encourage the planting of trees in barren Nebraska. The State Board of Agriculture had offered a prize of $50 for the best and largest grove of timber planted … Continue reading

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Celebrating Nebraska’s Semicentennial, 1867-1917

The fiftieth anniversary celebration of the admission of Nebraska into the Union in 1867 took place in 1916 and 1917. John L. Webster of Omaha, then president of the Nebraska State Historical Society, was the instigator of the event. As … Continue reading

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Arbor Day Ceremonies Plant New Trees at Schools

Arbor Day originated in Nebraska in 1872 through the efforts of J. Sterling Morton and the State Board of Agriculture, The day became a legal holiday in the state in 1885 when the Legislature set aside April 22, Morton’s birthday, … Continue reading

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Nebraska’s Semicentennial Arbor Day (2013)

Arbor Day parade float at Nebraska City in 1917. The bust at the front of the float depicts J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. NSHS RG2991-2-3 (above). Nebraskans celebrated the semicentennial of the state’s admission into the Union in … Continue reading

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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

Arbor Day Parade in Nebraska City, 1917. NSHS RG2991-3-5 (photograph at right). 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, … 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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