Spreading The Peace

Augusta County Resident Brings Next Generation Of Historic Oaks To U.S.

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Posted: August 23, 2013

Historian James Hershberger (right) of Augusta County, Eldon Kurtz (left), director of physical plant at Eastern Mennonite University, and Will Hairston, supervisor of grounds at EMU, examine the peace oak growing on campus Tuesday. EMU’s peace oak was grown from the acorn of an oak tree in Alsace, France, planted in the 18th century to honor an Anabaptist community’s exemption from service in the military. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
A leafy branch of the peace oak planted at Eastern Mennonite University.
Historian James Hershberger of Augusta County talks on Tuesday about the history of the peace oak planted at Eastern Mennonite University. In the last couple of months, the tree has grown a foot, Hershberger said, a hopeful sign that the little oak will continue to grow.
HARRISONBURG — As often as he can, Augusta County resident James Hershberger stops over at Eastern Mennonite University’s campus to check in on his tiny “peace oak.”

Though not impressive...

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