In 2007, the Lilly Library in Florence agreed to host an archive chronicling the history and activities of the Broad Brook Coalition. The collection includes BBC Management Plans dating back to 1996, the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plans from 1994, and numerous books and pamphlets pertaining to conservation areas in Northampton, the management of wildlife reserves, and the remediation of environmental problems. The jewel in the crown is a complete set of notebooks detailing wildlife observations at the wildlife blind on the marsh since its construction in 2000.
These notebooks comprise a lively and spontaneous record of sightings and commentary about moose, bears, otters, beavers and many species of birds by members, neighbors and friends of the FLCA. Special thanks for these items are due Frank Gessing and the members of the former Moose Lodge who have maintained the notebooks over the years.
The BBC archive is now completely catalogued and is available for your perusal in the Local History Room on the Lilly’s second floor. Visit the Lilly Library in Florence, Massachusetts or see their website to learn more.