by Hal Gray
GREENSBORO – “This is awesome!,” exclaimed a young visitor at the Greensboro Historical Society’s (GHS) new Land Conservation exhibit, a joint project of the Greensboro Land Trust (GLT) and GHS.
At an open house on July 3, his sentiment was echoed by multiple visitors. Drone photos taken by Kyle Gray highlight 21 of the town’s 46 conserved properties, commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Barr Hill Preserve, the first property conserved in Greensboro. Also highlighted is the GLT’s thirtieth anniversary. In addition to photos, the display includes maps as well as information about conservators and their properties.
Artwork showing conserved properties by both well-known and unknown artists are also displayed. There are copies of favorite paintings by Louise Arnold, Kathleen Kolb, Deborah Holmes, Elaine Cole-Kerr, Louisa Mattson, Jennifer Ranz, and Eunice Kinsey as well as an interpretation by a Lakeview School student. (Anyone who wishes may complete a small canvas to display in the exhibit until July 31, at the Greensboro Library.)
The display of conserved properties is complemented by posters about the GLT, such as its founding mission and donors, along with its impact together with its partners (Vermont Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Stony Point Foundation and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board).
A Kids’ Corner includes an illuminated storyboard that highlights animal tracks, a puzzle, coloring pages and other kids’ activities. It focuses on the role of land conservation in protecting wildlife habitat and corridors.
The GHS building and exhibit, located at 29 Breezy Avenue, next to Willey’s Store, are open for visitors during July and August on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Masking is optional; the exhibit room is well ventilated and air purifiers run during exhibit hours.