The Recuiting Elm Bowl on display in the Reagan Museum at Eureka College. Among other prominent alumni of Eureka College, actor Ronald Reagan was presented a bowl carved from the wood of the Recruiting Elm. Eureka students had enlisted in the Union Army underneath its branches in 1861, shortly after the start of the war. Later as President, Ronald Reagan placed the bowl on his desk in the Oval Office as a reminder of his alma mater and the sacrifice of its students in the Civil War. Photo taken: April 12, 2011, 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War.
A bronze plate with an insignia is attached to the Recruiting Elm bowl that was given to Ronald Reagan, Class of 1932, after the tree had to be taken down in the 1960s. April 12, 2011.
As President, Ronald Reagan, kept the Recruiting Elm bowl on his desk. April 12, 2011.
A new "Recruiting Elm" has been planted on the campus of Eureka College as a reminder of the tradition. Photo: April 12, 2011, 150th anniversary of the begining of the Civil War.
The Recruiting Elm recognition at Eureka College. April 12, 2011. 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.
Flowers bloom on the morning of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War nearby the original location of the Recruiting Elm on the campus of Eureka College, April 12, 2011.
Recruiting Elm Bowl is on display at the Reagan Museum at Eureka College, April 12, 2011.