Close call

Storm Damage near the Original CabinOn April 27, alumni were stunned to see television images of downed trees and damaged buildings after a freak storm struck the Berry campus. Eight months later, on Dec. 22, Mother Nature struck again, this time downing more than 100 trees on the grounds of Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum. The storm, which included a tornado, also caused damage to the museum roof, Original Cabin and gift shop as it cut a swath across Rome and neighboring counties. Thankfully, no one on the grounds was hurt during the storm, and Martha Berry’s historic home and its adjacent outbuildings escaped damage. Coverage.

In the aftermath of the April storm, a Tree Replacement Fund was established to help renew the natural beauty of Berry’s campus. To date, more than $65,000 has been donated, 75 percent of which has come from alumni. Nearly 90 percent of the 559 donors are alumni. We offer heartfelt thanks to all who have given for making this effort your own!

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