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Marblehead Conservation History Exhibit
March 30 - May 6
Explore the history of Marblehead’s conservation efforts in a special exhibit in the Virginia A. Carten gallery at the Abbot Public Library.
The exhibit opened the evening of Wednesday, March 30th to coincide with the Marblehead Conservancy’s Annual Meeting and will be available for viewing through Friday, May 6.
One part of the exhibit is a display of aerial photographs from the 1930s made from negatives in a collection of the Arnould Gallery of Marblehead. These photographs offer a view of Marblehead before natural open space conservation began. Another part of the exhibit takes a step forward in time with aerial photographs from 1954. These provide a comparative view of the earliest conservation sites and surrounding areas. The photographs have been overlaid on a current map of the town to help viewers locate the photographed sites. Separately, detailed historical information on all the publicly accessible natural open space conservation areas of the town shows how the areas were obtained, when, and from whom. Considerable resident involvement over the years is clear. Finally, a short video presentation displays the addition of conservation areas within Marblehead from the beginning to the present time.