THE LIBRARY EXHIBITION IS CLOSED and we will mount a condensed version by september 2016/ HERE's a dedicated stand-alone website that documents the library exhibition:

The website above was designed by Lorraine Fryer as part of her Master's in the Harvard Extension School's Museum Studies Program. Within this website is an interactive mapping of the contaminated groundwater designed by Ming Tu as part of his work in the 'Hands-On Exhibition Design' course, Summer 2015.

Within the Ashland Public Library resides one of the EPA's first Field Repositories for a Superfund Site. During the initial stages of cleanup in 1988, the people of Ashland demanded that remediation findings be made public and the EPA agreed to launch this important program. Over 25 years later as we look at the collection of binders, we can skim the history of the contaminants. What's not here are the stories of people, how they were impacted, the culture of loss—the narrative of the contaminated. This exhibit will juxtapose the qualitative stories from people within the space of the quantitative data from the EPA. Working with the EPA and using their data, a scale model and set of mappings will be present to help people orient and to project their own memories onto this subject.


Are you interested in submitting materials to this public archive? If so, please check the Public Walkshops schedule to learn more about participating in this project and sharing your materials and your stories.



Project Initiated by Dan Borelli


Gavin Kroeber, Advisor, and Initial Collaborator



Marie Cieri, Advisor, Grant Manager

Louisa McCall, Advisor



Bernie and Marie Kane

Andy, Lisa, and Brandon Kaufman



Paula Bonetti, Director

Larry Dejong, Gallery Director



Tony Schiavi, Town Manager

Nat Strosberg, Town Manager



Barbara Chisholm, Executive Director

Paul Beaudoin, Production Manager

Alison Rose, Videography and Editing

Miles Garnet, Videography and Editing



Brian Bishop, Associate Professor of Art and Chair, Department of Art + Music, Framingham State University, Framingham, MA

Paloma O Fortier, Researcher Intern

Laura Mustis, Graphic Design Intern, Logo and Website Designer



Hands-On Exhibition Design: Museum Studies Program

Mackenzie Brown, Design and Installation, Nicholas Corriea, Allie Cornell, Jessica Diedalis, Lorraine Fryer, Intern, Smartphone App, Design, and Installation

Meike Gourley, Sara Lischinsky, Ming Tu, Intern, Interactive Design, and Bruce Williams


Hauser Grant, Innovation in Learning Technology

Rose Goldman, Hauser Grant: Professor, Harvard School of Public Health

Amy Cohen, Hauser Grant: Director of Instructional Technology, Harvard School of Public Health


Kara Oehler, Interviewer, Editor, Historical Research

Jesse Shapins, Advisor, New Media and Zeega Point Person

Ali Kuczmikas, Zeega: Videography, Research

Jenny Lim, Zeega: Videography

Lindsey Wagner, Zeega: Project Support

Todd Elfman, Zeega: Administrative Support

Daniel Garber: Hauser Grant: Photography and Videography

Danny Goldhaber: Hauser Grant: Photography and Videography



David Zimmerman-Stuart: Installation

Daniel Rauchwerger and Patrick Herron: Topographical model

Reid Schwartz: Chairs and Frames

Alan Golder/ICL-Imaging: Prints




Lisa Kaufman

Tim, Mike, and Chris Kane

Tracie Lee Tajiani, Riley Tajiani with Kate, Abbie, and Olivia Kane

Bernie and Marie Kane



James Merloni Jr.

Timmy Tracy

Cliff Wilson

Ashland Advocates for a Clean Environment: AACE

Richard Brown, Chuck Green, Holly Guy, Laura Kelly, and Arthur Shapiro

Douglas R. Green, PhD, Chair of the Immunology Department at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee


RED/ Government

Suzanne Condon

Associate commissioner and Director of the Bureau of Environmental Health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Dan Keefe, US Environmental Protection Agency, Remedial Project Manager

Karen Spilka, Massachusetts State Senator of the Democratic Party. She represents the Second Middlesex and Norfolk District