About the Society

The Johnny Appleseed Society, incorporated as a non-profit educational organization in the State of Ohio in 2019, was founded "to preserve and promote the legacy of John 'Johnny Appleseed' Chapman (1774 - 1845) through educational activities, and the dissemination of educational materials that relate John Chapman's work and values to the world in which we live."

Membership is open to all who share our purpose.

A New Look for a New Organization

(March 25, 2020) The Johnny Appleseed Society's roots go back a quarter-century, to the time when Joe Besecker and the late Hugh Durbin began the research and collection-building that led to the creation of the Johnny Appleseed Museum and Education Center, and the re-organization of the Johnny Appleseed Foundation, at Urbana University. Over the years, the Society has provided volunteer docent services to the Museum, hosted educational programs for students and teachers, raised funds to further its work and that of the Museum, and promoted the legacy of John Chapman at fairs, festivals and community events in Ohio and Indiana.

Over all those years, the Johnny Appleseed Society was an informal group made up of the many people in our region interested in the legacy of John Chapman. But this winter, that has changed: the Johnny Appleseed Society is now officially incorporated as a non-profit educational organization. Several members still volunteer time at the Museum, and support of the Museum collection and services remains a major goal of our fundraising activities. But this new beginning as an independent organization allows us to focus more fully on our educational mission, both locally and — in time — nationally.

In the past, our educational work has appeared mostly in print: through curriculum tubs circulated to regional schools, and books authored by members and friends. That work will continue, but we know that the new opportunities offered by online media give us the opportunity to reach many more teachers, classrooms, and interested individuals. Our move online is just beginning, but over the next several months you should be able to find — and download — more materials. We hope you'll visit often!