The Decatur branch of the Adams Public Library is currently featuring its 63rd annual Egg Tree display, an event long on history and the meaning of its celebration.
“The Egg Tree” by Katherine Milhous was released in 1950 and won the 1951 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration. Milhous was a Pennsylvanian Dutch author and illustrator looking to instill a tradition in others beyond Pennsylvania.
Bertha Heller, a Decatur librarian at the time, was touched by the story and enlisted the help of many around the world to erect an egg tree for the local library. One massive tree stood on the floor in the old library building in 1951, where children gathered in groups to appreciate the art and celebrate Easter.
For the complete story, see today's print and online editions.