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The Chelmsford Library received an early Christmas gift this week.
Nick Arena, 2013 CHS grad gave us in 2 lovely handcrafted benches for the Children's Room. Nick made these benches out of the wood of the old purple beech tree from the Chelmsford Common.
He said that since the tree was originally planted by school children, he wanted to bring the benches to the Library for the kids of Chelmsford to enjoy. Nick, currently a freshman at UMass Amherst studying civil engineering, said that he wanted to thank two of his teachers at the high school, Matt Bartos and Doug Greenfield, for the idea and the inspiration.
Here's a photo of Nick with the benches - look for them in the Children's Room the next time you're in the library.
The workmanship and character of the wood is wonderful - you can even seen evidence of the disease that ultimately was the purple beech tree's demise. These benches are a great way to keep the history of Chelmsford alive.
The well-known and much-loved purple beech tree, planted on the common in 1892, was taken down in November 2012. Present on that day was local photographer Steve Hardwood, who chronicled the process of bringing the tree down.
He donated his series of photographs to the library, to commemorate the event and the life of the tree. Steve's photographs were supplemented by additional photos from the collections of Fred Merriam and the Chelmsford Historical Society, and Library staff also researched news articles about the tree.
This entire collection was then framed and hung in the Group Study Room, on the lower level of the Library, near the Library's other historical resources. Please check out this tribute the next time you're in the Library.
The Library would like to thank Steve Hardwood for getting the ball rolling, and also Fred Merriam and the Chelmsford Historical Society for contributing to the project. The generosity of community members like this helps preserve Chelmsford for future generations.Posted in Library Information, Resources | No Comments »
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