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But what you don’t see at Trustees properties are the hundreds of thousands of objects, photographs, maps, plans, diaries, and more that we don’t have room to show at our historic properties. Even The Trustees’ most celebrated natural landscapes have intricate stories behind their donation, acquisition, and protection — and we have stacks of documents that attest to them all.
Now, we also have a place to organize and store them, thanks to 6,000 linear feet of high-density compact shelving newly installed at our Archives and Research Center (ARC) in Sharon (yes, that’s more than a mile of shelving!). The ARC provides state-of-the-art storage for all of the objects and archives not on display at our properties — as well as the documents and other materials that tell the story of each Trustees property and conservation restriction. It’s an extraordinary resource for staff, of course, but also for scholars and educators with an interest in everything from colonial dairy practices to the origins of the land trust movement itself.
Just what does a mile-plus stretch of shelving look like? Check out our time-lapse video of its installation: