LEBANON, Missouri- Local high school art teacher Elizabeth Barker is wondering where the cedar tree is in Lebanon that started as a 1955 sapling gift from the nation of Lebanon. She hopes to tell Fadi BouKaram, a Lebanese photographer, who has located and visited the locations where these trees were planted.
Barker says 62 years ago, mayors from 7 United States cities named Lebanon were invited to visit the country Lebanon and were each presented cedar trees as a gift to plant back home.
Fadi BouKaram said his quest to visit American cities named Lebanon was by accident, ” I was googling Lebanon (my country), and I got a link to Lebanon, Pennsylvania, which got me wondering. Then I started scouring the online databases the US has of its city names, and I found over 50. ”
He apparently was in Lebanon, Missouri on February 12, but his visit did not receive attention. Since he met with a mishap in Albuquerque when his RV was stolen.
If you know the location of the gifted cedar tree, please contact Mayor Josh Ray, who is researching the project.