On April 29, 2022, a new tree will be planted on the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest—a sapling propagated from the immense horse chestnut tree that grew in the courtyard behind the annex where Anne Frank and her family hid for 761 days during World War II. This living symbol of Anne’s spirit and humanitarian message is the 13th Anne Frank Sapling to be planted in the United States.

In recognition of this special event, we invite you to join in a year of events aimed at recognizing the power of nature and the written word to provide hope and resiliency in difficult times. Join our e-mail list for news and updates. And please help us to spread word of these events via social media! #UIAnneFrankSapling, #TakingRootInIowa

We inaugurated this special year with a Fall 2021 Obermann Conversation, “Why Anne Frank Still Matters,” in which scholars, teachers, students, and religious leaders considered Anne’s legacy and the ways her experience as a refugee, a person in hiding, an advocate for human rights, and a joyful creative spirit can speak to new generations. Watch the video:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Erin Hackathorn in advance at erin-hackathorn@uiowa.edu or (319) 335-4034.