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William Thomas Kerrigan
Muskingum College (New Concord, OH 43762-1199)
Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History

I am requesting funds to support me while I write the fourth chapter of a book on John Chapman and the American Orchard. John Chapman (1774-1845) spent most of his adult life in Ohio and Indiana, raising and selling apple seedlings, and serving as a self-appointed missionary for the mystical Swedenborgian church. The book explores the life and activities of John Chapman, in a broad historical context; the cultural and environmental impact of the old world apple in the new world; and the shifting meanings of the Johnny Appleseed myth.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2010 – 9/30/2010