How Yankee Ingenuity Went The Extra Mile

Sharon, Massachusetts, is crammed full of history and historical artifacts. And like much of the area around Boston, it’s also densely built up. When the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations decided to consolidate their scattered collections into a single facility in Sharon, there was no available land to build an expansive new storage facility to house their ever-growing collection of archival materials – everything from Native American treasures to old maps and deeds, early Colonial objects, and more recent historic photographs.

Creative use of available space was the only option, and a high-density storage system saved the day. This time-lapse video shows how over one mile of shelving was installed in a single average-size room.


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