Arbor Days

Did you ever wonder how Arbor Days began? Well, it started right here in Nebraska, where in the early 1800s there were no trees. It was prairie land.

The pioneer who changed this was J. Sterling Morton (notice the name Morton. Does that ring a bell like pass the Morton salt?) He moved from Detroit to the Nebraska territory in 1854. (Nebraska became a state in 1867.) His wife and him loved nature and started planting flowers, shrubs and trees. You can visit his home in Nebraska City, Neb., today.

He became an advocate for planting trees, especially beneficial to prevent soil erosion for those settling in Great Plains country. He was the journalist/editor of Nebraska’s first newspaper and this helped spread his message to plant trees. His efforts were rewarded with Nebraska Gov. Robert W. Furnas first proclaiming “Arbor Days” as officially being observed April 10, 1874. After Morton’s death, the date was moved to his birthday  April 22.

So why not be part of this historical day by coming to Nebraska City and going to the Factory Stores of America Outlet Mall, intersection of Nebraska Highway 2 and United States Highway 75. I will be there selling my books, Seasons of the Soul, Lockets and Lanterns and Courtships and Carriages as well as anthologies, Bride by Arrangement and A Groom’s Promise. Hours are Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. God bless and hope to see you there!


About janetsyasnitsick

Visit blog for writing, marketing tidbits to dazzle your creative endeavors. New book: Courtships and Carriages, a sweet Christian romance, (two proposals but who wins Gwen's heart?). Other works: Ruth Ann Nordin's and Janet Syas Nitsick's anthology, Bride by Arrangement; Janet's five-star, inspiring-historical romance, Lockets and Lanterns; 10th place story, "The Silver Lining;" and Best of Year book, Seasons of the Soul. Background: former journalist and language-arts teacher.
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2 Responses to Arbor Days

  1. This was interesting. If I remember, I’ll have to include a tidbit about this in one of my upcoming historical westerns set in Nebraska.

  2. We always are applying historical information to our works. Arbor Days was pretty good. Sunday was slow, but I prayed and asked God for at least two sales. Right around 3 p.m. (the show ended at 4) I had two sales. God is good always even during our difficulties. Hope you are doing well. God bless. .

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