College of Wooster exhibit features Historical Society items and fascinating tree-ring research

Be sure to check out the current exhibition at The College of Wooster’s Ebert Art Center: “Trees: an interdisciplinary dialogue”. The exhibition, which runs through March 6, explores the many roles of trees in society — from providing refuge to serving as a fuel source to recording climatic changes — through art, science, and material culture. The Wayne County Historical Society donated items on early wood water pipes for this exhibit.

Featured works include not only student drawings and photographs of campus trees and contemporary art, but also information on dendrochronology, the dating of trees based on the analysis of patterns of tree rings. The College of Wooster’s geology tree-ring lab showcases information completed on Sonnenberg Village in Kidron. The lab has dated quite a few building structures throughout Wayne County by taking core samples of wooden beams. This fascinating research was explained at one of the Historical Society’s quarterly meetings last year by geology professor Greg Wiles.

Other components of this exhibit include information about the College’s Tree Endowment Program and the Wayne County Barn Survey project. The Art Museum, located at 1220 Beall Avenue, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. For more information, call 330-263-2388.

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