HISTORICAL ROOTS: State Rep. Ted Speliotis, representing Peabody and Danvers, at left, and Sierra
In addition to caring for thousands of patients each year, the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care is the caretaker of the Endecott Pear Tree – the oldest living fruit tree in America – named for the first governor of Massachusetts. On June 19, in collaboration with the Essex National Heritage Commission and the Danvers Historical Society, the center presented its second annual lecture celebrating health care and the history of the North Shore. The lecture featured Karen Krag, MD, a medical oncologist, who discussed the history of women healers in the region. The event – part of the Endecott/Endicott family reunion, which brought together more than 100 descendants of the first governor – also featured a walking tour of the tree site and pear-themed refreshments.
Earlier this year a scion or cutting from the original tree was planted in the center’s healing garden and will be dedicated by the Endicott/Endecott Family Association. “We are glad to continue our focus on health and history by providing opportunities for our community to appreciate this unique tree,” says Elena Sierra, RN, executive director of the center. “We are proud to be stewards of both the tree and its new scion.”
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