March 29, 2013
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Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe
A 108-year-old elm tree on the property of the John Brown House Museum seen Jan. 5, 2013.
Rhode Island Historical Society
The elm was one of 13 planted in 1905 as part of a Frederick Law Olmsted design.
Gretchen Ertl for the Boston Globe
The elm survived the New England Hurricane of 1938 and outbreaks of Dutch elm disease in the 1940, ’50s and ’60s.
J.D. Kay/ Rhode Island Historical Society
It was diagnosed with a contagious canker called Sphaeropsis ulmicola in January.
The Rhode Island Historical Society is leading an effort to use the tree in pieces of craftsmanship and art.
Clarke Buchanan of Cape Cod Woodturners Club turned pieces of the tree into bowls.