Indianapolis Museum To Plant Anne Frank Chestnut Sapling

The Anne Frank Center USA awarded 11 sites around the country with saplings from the chestnut tree the teenager wrote about in her diary during World War II.(Photo: The Anne Frank Center USA)
The Anne Frank Center USA awarded 11 sites around the country with saplings from the chestnut tree the teenager wrote about in her diary during World War II.(Photo: The Anne Frank Center USA)

Saplings from the chestnut tree Anne Frank wrote about in her diary, while she and her family hid from Nazis during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II, are set to be planted throughout the country this spring.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was awarded one of the saplings, and cared for some of them during their required quarantine.

The Anne Frank Center USA chose 11 sites for the trees from 34 entries, as part of The Sapling Project. The locations were selected based on national historical significance or a commitment to continuing education about tolerance.

The museum’s president and CEO Jeffrey Patchen said they were recognized for its The Power of Children exhibit which includes Anne Frank.

“We have the only permanent exhibit on Anne Frank in the United States,” Patchen said. “And so we were honored when the Anne Frank Center reached out to us to, not only be a home for one of the saplings, but also to be the caretaker for a number of backup saplings, as well.”

A planting ceremony is set for April 14. The sapling will placed in the museum’s Anne Frank Peace Park.

“In that garden there are a number of limestone sculptures of famous sites throughout the world, but most importantly to the Anne Frank piece is a limestone pedestal upon which lies a carved image of Anne Frank’s diary. And so the tree will be planted right next to that,” Patchen said.

In addition to Indianapolis, Michigan’s Holocaust Memorial Center was awarded a sapling.

The original chestnut tree, already was diseased, blew over following a windstorm in August 2010.

Other sapling recipients include:
Boston Common, Mass.
Central High School, Ark.
William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Ark.
Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, Ida.
Liberty Park, Commemorating 911, New York
Sonoma State University, Cal.
Southern Cayuga School District, New York
Washington State Holocaust Resource Center, Wash.
The White House, Wash., D.C.

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