Commemorative Horse Chestnut Tree Planted!

The Horse Chestnut Tree is planted! The tree was purchased with funds raised by the Newburyport Choral Society and concert audiences during our Annelies Spring Concerts, performed in memory of Anne Frank (1929-1945) and all those who perished in the Holocaust from 1941 through 1945.

The sapling came from a special nursery on Long Island, NY and is the largest that does not require a bulldozer to plant.  The Newburyport Tree Commission, the NBPT Department of Public Works, the Friends of Newburyport Trees Committee, NBPT Parks and Recreation, the Superintendent of Schools and grounds supervisors worked together to place the tree on the lawn in front of the Rupert Nock Middle School on Low Street.   This “teaching” tree is in a prominent location but thoughtfully away from the road to prevent winter salts from deterring its growth.


Plans are underway at “the Nock”, which serves children in grades 6 through 8, for teachers to create a class unit devoted to the Holocaust including a study of Anne Frank and her relationship to a horse chestnut tree in the courtyard where her family hid for three years during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam.  This seventh-grade project hopefully will be multi-disciplinary, involving English literature, science, history and art classes.

We will keep you posted on further developments here on the website, including plans for a memorial stone.  We couldn’t be more pleased with the enthusiasm this NCS collaborative project has received already throughout the community!

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