The following was submitted by Deb Payson, director of development and communications for Essex National Heritage Commission:
The Essex National Heritage Commission, in collaboration with Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and the Danvers Historical Society will present a lecture on, and visit to, the Endecott Pear Tree, deemed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to be the oldest living fruit tree in North America. The evening program will take place on Tuesday, June 19 from 6 - 8 p.m. at the Mass General/North Shore facility located at 102 Endicott Street in Danvers. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for Essex Heritage and Danvers Historical Society members and $10 for non-members. Registration is required.
The evening will feature a walking tour of the Endecott Pear Tree, a dedication by the Colonial Dames, pear-themed refreshments and a lecture on the history of women healers on the North Shore by Dr. Karen Krag, a Medical Oncologist with the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center. In addition to the lecture, this event is part of the Endecott-Endicott family reunion with over 100 descendants of the First Governor of Massachusetts gathering at Endicott College in Beverly from June 17-22, 2012.
"We look forward to the second in our series of collaborative lectures offered here on the North Shore," said Annie C. Harris, executive director of the Essex National Heritage Commission. "The partnership with MassGeneral/NorthShore and Danvers Historical Society enables us to combine our resources to preserve and promote the cultural, historical and environmental importance of the Endecott Pear Tree."
Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care became caretakers of this tree when it acquired the land from Osram-Sylvania. This year, a scion from the original tree has been planted in the facility's Healing Garden and will be dedicated by the Endicott/Endecott Family Association.
"We are glad to continue our focus on health and history in providing opportunities for our community to appreciate this unique tree," said Elena Sierra, R.N., executive director of Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care. "We are proud to be stewards of Governor Endicott's historic pear tree - the oldest living fruit tree in America - and its new scion, the youngest historic fruit tree in America."
"The Endicott name brings with it the traditions from one of the most ancient families in America. John Endecott came here from Devon, England in 1628 to be the first Governor of the Massachusetts Bay. The family has thus not only lived through the entire history of the United States, but played a significant role in shaping it," said Wayne Eisenhauer, treasurer of the Danvers Historical Society. "We look forward to this lecture where we will be joined by generations of the Endecott-Endicotts during their reunion celebrating the life and legacy of their illustrious ancestor, Governor John Endecott."
For additional information or to purchase tickets contact the Essex National Heritage Commission at (978) 740-0444 or visit www.essexheritage.org.