In 1891, landscape architect Charles Eliot asserted the bold idea to form an organization that would “preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” At a time when land conservation and ‘being green’ was not widely discussed, his vision was forward thinking. In the spring of 1891, the legislature voted to officially establish The Trustees of Public Reservations (as we were them called).
And so it began. Today, The Trustees (our new name) is Massachusetts’ largest conservation and preservation organization. Supported by our members, donors, and friends, we care for more than 115 inspired places statewide, from the Berkshires to Boston, from beaches, farms, and woodlands, to historic homes, urban gardens and more. This year, we invite you to join us in a season of celebrations – all to commemorate our storied past and help forge a path for our future.
Art & the Landscape: Sam Durant, The Meeting House
The Old Manse, Concord
July 15–October 31, 2016
Art & the Landscape: Jeppe Hein, A New End
World’s End, Hingham
August 26, 2016–October 31, 2017
Opening Reception, Sunday, September 18
Check back here for more details of the year's events and programs as they are available.
In honor of our anniversary, Trustees is pleased to announce the release of two new publications.Charley Eliot and the Knights of the Woods is a delightful children’s storybook, created in collaboration with Paul and Peter Reynolds and their team at FableVision. Imaginatively recounted, many of the elements of this fictional tale are based on the actual early years of Charles Eliot’s life.