King James II of England threatened to revoke the precious Charter of Connecticut in 1687, and sent one of his men to retrieve it. That meant an end to the colony's limited democracy and independence. But before it was exchanged during a key meeting, a hero slipped out of the room with it under his arm and hid it within the cavity of an old oak tree. That tree - the Charter Oak - is now a state icon. Get the full story here!
Guest Co-Host and Researcher
Arborist and author
"In the Hidden History of Connecticut's Charter Oak" (blog)
Honorary Governor General of the Society of Colonial Wars, Connecticut
Society of Colonial Wars in Connecticut
Chair, Hartford Tree Advisory Commission
Connecticut State Forester
CT State Forestry - Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection
Robb Barnard (Voice of Mark Twain)
Head of Performing Arts
Lincoln School, Providence, RI
David Still, II
Diccon Lee, www.deeleetree.com
Dahn Hiuni, www.dahnhiuni.com/home
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