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4/10/2011

Arbor Day is America’s National Tree Holiday

Arbor Day is America’s National Tree Holiday, founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska in 1872. This is the day we set aside to plant trees, educate people about the importance of trees, and honor the role trees play in our daily lives.
For the first Arbor Day, prizes were offered to counties and individuals for properly planting the largest number of trees on that day. It is said that more than a million trees were planted the first year, while within sixteen years over 350,000,000 trees and vines were planted in the State.
This custom, so beautiful and useful, spread rapidly, and now is recognized by the statutes of many of the States. Arbor Day has become a designated day upon which people and especially school children plant trees and shrubs along the highways and other suitable places.
In 1970, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day. All 50 states celebrate Arbor Day. The celebration dates may vary in each state due to the local climate.

4/02/2011

April – National Poetry Month & Jazz Appreciation Month

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.
To know more about National Poetry Month and how to celebrate it go to 
http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41

Each April, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) shines the spotlight on the extraordinary history of jazz and its importance in American culture. Through concerts, lectures, films, and other programs, JAM encourages people of all ages to attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, study the music, and support institutional jazz programs.
Launched at the Museum in April 2002, JAM added to the Smithsonian Institution’s 30-year record of leadership in jazz. The Smithsonian operates the world’s most comprehensive set of jazz programs—including exhibitions, publications and recordings, concerts, workshops, master classes, lectures, symposia, and fellowships for research in jazz. The Museum collects jazz artifacts, documents, recordings, and oral histories, and sponsors the Institution’s own big band, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.
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