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Poinsettia Memory Tree flower orders being taken

Friday, November 07, 2008JOHNSON CITY – It’s one of those age-old questions that plagues many shoppers this time of year: “What do you give to someone who has everything?”

The Carroll Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University offers one answer – an opportunity to recognize a special friend or family member or honor the memory of a loved one by purchasing a flower for the museum’s annual Poinsettia Memory Tree.

The “tree,” which will be on display at the museum from Nov. 25-Dec. 12, is made up of poinsettias purchased with the contributions mailed or delivered to the museum. The names of contributors and those honored or memorialized are shown in the gallery with the exhibit.

A special card will be sent to those honored or the families or friends of those memorialized per the instructions on the order form. This year, “e-cards” are also available.

At the conclusion of the display, the poinsettias will be distributed to residents of the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home.

Poinsettias may be purchased for $12 each, and the deadline for orders is Friday, Nov. 14. Printable order forms are available at; payment and mailing directions are included at the bottom of the form.

A division of ETSU’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Services, the Reece Museum is located on Gilbreath Drive and is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information or special assistance for those with disabilities, contact the museum at (423) 439-4392 or


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