'Anne Frank Tree' installation coming to Clinton Center

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A new exhibit is coming to the Clinton Presidential Center next month.

Officials will plant a sapling from the chestnut tree that stood outside Anne Frank's Secret Annex. While she was trapped, her one connection to the natural world was a chestnut tree that she could see from the attic window. "As long as this exists," she wrote in her famous diary in 1944, "how can I be sad?"

The "Sapling Project" was created by the Anne Frank Center USA to honor her legacy and to promote tolerance education.

The permanent installation that will surround the tree will open on October 2.

The Center's sapling is currently housed in a local nursery where it is acclimating to Arkansas's environment. And although it will be present during the ceremony, it will be returned to the nursery where it will be cared for until it has matured and can thrive in its new home, located on the grounds of the Park. A similar chestnut tree will be temporarily planted in its place until the Anne Frank tree can be permanently transplanted.

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