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Museum Asks Chicagoans to be Tree Champions this Arbor Day


Chicago History Museum Partners with the Morton Arboretum for Tree Tagging Initiative

The Chicago History Museum will stand with The Morton Arboretum as a tree champion this Arbor Day through April 28. Staff and volunteers will hang oversized, brightly-colored tags from the trees on its campus that highlight some of the many reasons why trees are important and encourage Chicagoans to act as “tree champions” in their own neighborhoods.

Through this Arbor Day campaign, Chicago History Museum will showcase the importance of trees in our lives and all that they do for our communities, from cleaning the air we breathe to filtering groundwater to help with storm runoff and flooding, to providing leafy green shade that cools our neighborhoods and parks

“Trees add such value to our city and suburbs, improving the quality of our air and water, and giving those in their company a greater sense of physical and emotional well-being,” said Jennifer GoodSmith, vice president of marketing and communications at The Morton Arboretum. “We are proud to partner with these museums to champion trees for all they do for us, our neighborhoods, and our world.”

For more about Arbor Day and what Chicagoans can do to champion trees, visit


Chicago and its suburbs are home to more than 157 million trees that make our city beautiful, clean the air we breathe, and keep us cooler in the warm months. But with the stress of living around development, people and buildings, the trees that grow in our cities, our urban forest, need human intervention to survive. By being a steward of trees either on your own property—by watering them, mulching them, and knowing how to take care of them—or volunteering with a tree-focused organization to care for city trees, every Chicagoan can contribute to a greener, healthier world.


The Chicago History Museum is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

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