PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The trunk of the dead “moon tree” in Washington Square Park that was cut down in September is being repurposed at the Independence National Historical Park’s wood shop.

(credit: KYW's John McDevitt)

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One of the Park’s Services’ arrowhead-shaped plaques made from the moon tree will go to Christopher Roosa, son of the late Apollo XIV astronaut Stuart Roosa.

The tree went into outer space as a seedling in 1971 aboard Apollo XIV and was later planted in Washington Square for the US Bicentennial.


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In addition to the plaques, woodworkers will also craft about two dozen pens from the old tree which will be given as gifts to dignitaries.

Inside the  shop, Jack Hopley supervises a crew who can do just about anything with wood.  They make and repair wooden shutters, doors, and gates for the more than 40 buildings under the care of the National Park Service.

Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060

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