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July 11, 2013

Plimoth Plantation has begun using wood donated from a large white oak at Framingham State to make repairs to Mayflower II, a full-scale replica of the original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620.

The University donated massive sections of a white oak on campus to Plimoth Plantation in May, after learning the organization needed the hard-to-find wood for repairs to the ship. The University was already planning to remove the tree this summer to make room for a new science building that will provide students with access to 16 state-of-the-art laboratories.

“We are very grateful for this timely and generous gift,” said Ellie Donovan, Executive Director of Plimoth Plantation. “This tree will become part of Mayflower II's living story of faith, courage and perseverance. This donation makes it possible for the Ship to continue to inspire and educate for generations to come.”

Mayflower II is currently undergoing extensive renovations at the shipyard in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. The 56-year-old wooden sailing ship requires very specific and often difficult to find wood to complete her repairs.

Museum workers have begun carefully slicing up two tree sections from the white oak weighing around six tons. The wood stock needs to be made into usable timber for the ship. People can follow the progress of the repairs at Plimoth Plantation’s Captain’s Blog.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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