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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. Today, the organization he founded, The Trustees of Reservations, oversees more than 26,000 acres of preserved places from the Atlantic Coast to the Berkshire Mountains.

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is partnering with The Trustees in celebration of their 125th Anniversary on a 70-item exhibition, featuring maps, photographs, and historical items from both collections. Visitors will be introduced to Trustees properties, become familiar with a number of distinctive map formats, learn about natural landforms and geologic terms, and cultivate an appreciation for the natural, historical, and cultural treasures of Massachusetts.

Ice Fishing Rod Objects from The Trustees’ Collections Charles Eliot Charles Eliot, 1859-1897, ca. 1895
Copley Square Copley Square—1909, [1909] Open Spaces Massachusetts. Committee on Needs and Uses of Open Spaces
Map of Existing and Proposed Open Spaces in Massachusetts, 1929
Regional Guide Vincent Antil
Regional Property Guide, 2015
Country About Boston Appalachian Mountain Club
Map of the Country About Boston, 1890
Boston Public Reservations Charles Eliot
Map of the Metropolitan District of Boston, Massachusetts …, 1893
Boston Region
Boston Gardens Vincent Antil
Boston Gardens Property Guide, 2015
Jeremy Dick
Elnora Thompson and Karen Chaffee and Garden and Vegetables in Summer, 2011
Open Space and Supermarkets Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Open Space and Supermarkets and Distance to the Nearest Supermarket, 2016
Cape Cod and the Islands
Duck Decoy Tisbury Pond Club Logbook, 1912
Duck Decoy, ca. 1940
Tisbury Pond Club Members, [1913]
Nantucket William Mitchell
Map of the Island of Nantucket, Including Tuckernuck, 1838
Coatue Point Lighthouse Richard Cheek
“Coatue Point Lighthouse” and “Sunset at Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge,” 2000
Martha's Vineyard George Eldridge
Eldridge’s Map of Martha’s Vineyard, 1913
Trail Map of Cape Poge, Wasque and Mytoi Vincent Antil
Trail Map of Cape Poge, Wasque and Mytoi, 2013
Southeast Coast
Hingham L.J. Richards Co.
“Town of Hingham, Plymouth County,” 1903
World's End Frederick L. Olmsted and John C. Olmsted
World’s End: Preliminary Study for the Subdivision into Roads and Building Sites, 1886
Trail Map of Weir River Farm Vincent Antil
Trail Map of Weir River Farm and Whitney and Thayer Woods, 2013
Red Barn at Weir River Farm Meg B Photography
Red Barn at Weir River Farm, 2015
Mark Gardner
Feeding the Belted Galloway, 2015
Northeast Coast
Ipswich, Mass. George E. Norris
Ipswich, Mass., 1893
Cornelius Crane Cornelius Crane, 1910
Tom Kates
Castle Hill, 2005
Crane Beach Shoreline Change Vincent Antil
Crane Beach Shoreline Change (1800s-2009), 2014
Vincent Antil
Shoreline Change 2001-2007, Essex Point, Crane Beach, 2007
Part of Town of Ipswich Walker Lithograph & Publishing Co.
“Part of Town of Ipswich, plate 17,” 1910
Francis Randall Appleton, Sr. Objects from Appleton Farms Collections
Metrowest & Central
Concord, Mass. Henry Francis Walling
Map of the Town of Concord, Middlesex County, Mass., 1852
Plan of Andover Moses Dorman, Jr.
A Plan of Andover Taken for the Town, 1830
Royalston Quadrangle U.S. Geological Survey
Royalston Quadrangle, Massachusetts-New Hampshire, 1971
Royalston Falls C.E. Ingalls
Cascade Falls, Royalston, MA, 1923
Richard Cheek
“Royalston Falls,” 2000
Bignonia Objects from the Old Manse Collection
Railway and Highway Map of the Famous Berkshire Hills Region Walter Watson
Railway and Highway Map of the Famous Berkshire Hills Region …, 1883
Western Massachusetts Displayed in Relief Vincent Antil
Western Massachusetts Displayed in Relief, 2003
Vincent Antil
Aerial View of Monument Mountain, 2016
View from Monument Mountain Top Arthur Palme
View from Monument Mountain Top, 1934
Bartholomew’s Cobble Richard Cheek
“Bartholomew’s Cobble,” 2000
Garden Index Cards Objects from the Naumkeag Collection Afternoon Garden Mark Gardner
Afternoon Garden – Naumkeag, 2015
Blue Cobalt Tile, 1948
Guestbook, 1894-1958
Picnic Case Picnic Case, ca. 1925
Striped Wool Blanket, ca. 1925

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