Rest in Peace, Tree.

On December 17, 2014, we lost a big presence on the Hope College campus. Its loss has changed the scenery and displaced many squirrels. Its vibrant colors added to the bright ambiance of the campus in the fall. As winter came, despite its change in appearance, it was a familiar sight on the hill beside Van Vleck.

I would like to dedicate this post to the Giant Tree.

On December 17, 2014 we lost a big presence on the Hope College campus. Its vibrant colors added to the bright ambiance of the campus in the fall. As winter came, despite its change in appearance, it was a familiar sight on the hillside beside Van Vleck. Its loss has changed the scenery and displaced many squirrels. I would like to dedicate this post to the giant tree.
The Giant Tree is on the right side of this image that I took when visiting Hope my senior year of high school.

I live in Van Vleck Hall so on the 17th, the day the tree was cut down, our Residence Director, Mary Cantor, posted on Facebook about mourning the loss of the giant tree. Mary was told there was a mold problem so the tree had to be cut down. Comments flooded the post about the sadness of losing such a great, old tree. It stood on Hope’s campus for 144 years! That’s just four years after the College’s founding.

Looking through my own photos from my first semester the Giant Tree made its way into my memories.

Mary posted some photos of the “graveyard’ after the tree was taken down.

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Then this weekend my friend and I ventured over to its stump. Even that slight remnant is huge – I couldn’t take a picture of the whole stump while standing on it.

The tree was impressive. It’s sad to see it go, but maybe in the spring we can plant a new one. And in 144 years Hope’s campus will once again have a towering presence on the hill beside Van Vleck.

I hope you have a fabulous Friday!
~Erin

You can follow me @HopeErin18 on Twitter @e_delaney333 on Instagram for pictures and thoughts from my life at Hope. 🙂

Published by Erin Hoolahan

Hi! My name is Erin Hoolahan and I am a Sophomore at Hope College. I am from Wexford, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) and intend to double major in Classics and either English or Communications during my time here at Hope. I love to bake, play guitar and am involved in Ultimate Frisbee and Silent Praise. I am extremely excited about sharing my insights on life at Hope! Thanks for reading. :)

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