Manchester Resident Frances Colburn Receives Life Trustee Award at The Trustees of Reservations’ Annual Meeting

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Beverly & Sharon, MAOctober 4, 2012 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest conservation organization, recently honored Manchester Resident Frances Colburn with a Life Trustee award at the organization’s annual meeting held on September 27th at the New England Aquarium. The honor was bestowed on Ms. Colburn for her more than 35 years of dedicated service to and stewardship of The Trustees.

Ms. Colburn joined The Trustees of Reservations in 1975 and was elected a Corporate Trustee in 1977. One of her earliest connections to The Trustees was through her volunteer work, when she began cataloguing the collections at The Stevens Coolidge Place. From there, she moved on to implementing a cataloguing system there as well as at Castle Hill. She undertook the cataloguing endeavor after recognizing that The Trustees needed a more consistent and professional approach to documenting and caring for its important collections and historic houses.

Her association with Castle Hill eventually led to Ms. Colburn’s chairing of the Castle Hill Committee for many years, followed by her joining the Collections Committee in 1982, a committee which ultimately became the Historic Resources Committee in 1995. Ms. Colburn chaired this committee from 2002 to 2010 and finally, after 30 years, retired from her role of cataloguing and caring for The Trustees diverse collections, archives, and historic houses. Her invaluable work set a precedent for how the organization now manages and preserves its cultural resources and landscapes, leading to the ultimate establishment of The Trustees’ Archives and Research Center (ARC) located in Sharon.

Ms. Colburn was elected to the Advisory Council in 2002 where served as Board Vice Chair from 2004 to 2009. She also co-chaired the Landscapes & Landmarks Campaign, the most successful fundraising campaign ever completed by a conservation organization in Massachusetts and was named The Trustees’ Volunteer of the Year in 1996. Her many contributions have set the gold standard for stewardship within the organization as a whole and ensured that The Trustees archives can be a resource for current and future generations.

Trustees of Reservations
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest non-profit conservation organization. The organization’s mission is to hold in “trust” and “preserve, for public use and enjoyment,” “reservations,” or properties, of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” For over 120 years, The Trustees have worked to conserve the natural, cultural and scenic character that makes Massachusetts’ landscapes and communities unique. The Trustees own and manage 108 properties totaling more than 27,000 acres, serving more than one million visitors each year. Supported by over 100,000 member families, generous donors and over 1,500 volunteers annually, The Trustees work to foster healthy, active, and green communities, with an emphasis on encouraging sustainable, local agriculture and urban and suburban community gardens throughout Massachusetts. For more information visit