Sterling Morton Library

Library Pathfinder Series

A series highlighting library and special collections resources

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Welcome to the Library Pathfinder Series, launched in July 2022. This new column from the Sterling Morton Library highlights library and special collections resources, as well as events, activities, and research at The Morton Arboretum.

Each month’s post focuses on a botanical, horticultural, or Arboretum-related topic, encouraging exploration of Sterling Morton Library and the Arboretum. Each column provides additional resources, recommendations for related activities, and related educational opportunities coming up at the Arboretum.

The Morton Arboretum Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Schulenberg Prairie (July 2022)

The year 2022 not only marks The Morton Arboretum’s centennial celebration but also the 60th anniversary of the Schulenberg Prairie, located on the Arboretum’s West Side. The Schulenberg Prairie and savanna is one of the nation’s oldest tallgrass prairie restorations, dating back to 1962 when former Arboretum director Clarence Godshalk developed plans for a “native planting” on farmland that had been acquired in the late 1950s on the Arboretum’s western edge.

Read more about the history of this remarkable piece of land in July’s feature: The Morton Arboretum Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Schulenberg Prairie.