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!