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Johnny Appleseed: Cutting to the Core

from Hank Fincken: A National Theatre Company of One

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Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman 1774-1845) tells you about his family, his beginnings, and his importance on the western frontier. Along the way, he will engage you with funny stories and maybe convince you to buy some of his apple seedlings for a fippenny. This program is highly interactive with plenty of time for audience participation. Mr. Fincken has been portraying Johnny for over 20 years and has the endorsement of the Johnny Appleseed Foundation, The Indiana Junior Historical Society and the Ohio Humanities Council. For more information on this event, contact Mr. Fincken.  This version of Johnny Appleseed tries to be as historically as possible. I will be debunking many of the Walt Disney myths regarding Johnny Appleseed.

This program is most appropriate for students in grades 2-5, but can be adapted to fit other ages.

Mr. Fincken is fluent in Spanish and offers his programs in both Spanish and English.

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About This Program


By Request: $250.00


This program is 45 minutes.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons Retirement Communities

Minimum participants:

No Minimum

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 50 students.

Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is also available by request. Please note: The Saturday, September 24 program will be in a half Spanish, half English format. Because of a special grant, this one time the program will cost the site only $100. If four sites sign up, then that price will be reduced to $75. Please pass the word.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Sites canceling programs within 72 hours of program will be charged half the fee unless weaher related.

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Hank Fincken: A National Theatre Company of One

Indianapolis, IN
United States

A spell-binding wordsmith, Hank Fincken has the distinction of being named Master Artist by the Indiana Arts Commission and given the Achievement and Service Award by the Indiana Theatre Association. Mr. Fincken has written and produced 12 original plays, published 25 stories, and tours the country with 8 original one-man plays.

Mr. Fincken's programs are available in Spanish.  He has won 6 Pinnacle Awards for his various programs on writing and History.

Hank Fincken

Program Details


The program is a first-person presentation of Johnny Appleseed.
1. Johnny discusses his beginnings and life on
the frontier.
2. Participants ask Johnny questions.
3. Mr. Fincken steps out of character and
discusses research behind the creation of a
historically based character.
4. Discussion of the difficulty of separating
myth from fact.


1. Participants will begin to understand John's contribution to American history.

2. Participants will appreciate the apple's importance in settling the Mid-west.

3. Participants will become more critical in determining the difference between
fact and fiction.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Common Core
Language Arts Grades 2-5
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1, SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.5.1
Comprehension and Collaboration: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.6, RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6
Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.9, RL.3.9, RL.4.9, RL.5.9
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

National Standards
Social Studies
NSS-USH.K-4.2 THE HISTORY OF STUDENTS' OWN STATE OR REGION Understands the people, events, problems, and ideas that were significant in creating the history of their state
NSS-USH.K-4.3 THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES: DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND VALUES AND THE PEOPLE FROM MANY CULTURES WHO CONTRIBUTED TO ITS CULTURAL, ECONOMIC, AND POLITICAL HERITAGE Understands the causes and nature of movements of large groups of people into and within the United States, now and long ago
Understands the folklore and other cultural contributions from various regions of the United States and how they helped to form a national heritage
NSS-USH.5-12.4 ERA 4: EXPANSION AND REFORM (1801-1861) Understands United States territorial expansion between 1801 and 1861, and how it affected relations with external powers and Native Americans

State Standards

Language Arts
2.7, 3.7 Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication
2.7.2 Ask for clarification and explanation of stories and ideas
3.7.7 Use clear and specific vocabulary to communicate ideas and establish the tone
3.7.11 Distinguish between the speaker's opinions and verifiable facts
4.7 Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication
4.7.1 Ask thoughtful questions and respond orally to relevant questions with appropriate elaboration
5.7.2 Interpret a speaker's verbal and nonverbal messages, purposes, & perspectives

Social Studies
Use primary sources to identify and explain changes that have occurred in local and/or regional communities of Indiana
2.1.2 Use historical resources to compare and contrast community life in different periods of American history.
3.1.5 Compare significant people, places, events, and developments in other communities and/or regions within the United States.
4.1 History Students will trace the historical periods, places, people, events, and movements, which have led to the development of Indiana as a state.
4.4.1 Give examples of the kinds of goods* and services* produced in Indiana in different historical periods.