If there’s one thing that captures Valerie Pasquarella’s attention, it’s a good map. The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences doctoral student in applied remote sensing discovered a trove of them earlier this year stowed away and gathering dust at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick, Mass., where she’s based her dissertation research for the past two years. As staff at the sanctuary were cleaning house in preparation for a six-month renovation, Pasquarella volunteered to store boxes of archives at BU. When she opened them, she discovered photos, artwork, dried herbs, and program posters, some dating back to the early 1900s.
“A lot of it would have been thrown out,” says Pasquarella (GRS’15), who combed through the collection with Sam Toabe (GRS’15), a history of art and architecture master’s student who was working at the sanctuary over the summer. They decided it would be a shame if the items weren’t shared, so they proposed creating a retrospective exhibition in Broadmoor’s Saltonstall Nature Center.
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