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The Liberty Elm Tree

On  January 15, 2011, the Arboretum Association dedicated the College's Liberty Elm Tree, which was donated by James Hansel ’10, whose grandfather founded the Elm Research Institute.

The Liberty Tree is a special breed of elm which is resistant to Dutch Elm Disease. The first Liberty Tree was planted in 1646, and became a symbol for the Sons of Liberty during the Revolutionary War. A main aspect of the Liberty Tree Society’s mission is to continue the “Re-Elming” of America by planting these resistant elms in public spaces throughout the country.

Below are pictures of the dedication plaque and the College's Liberty Elm Tree.