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Images 1,3,5 and 6 courtesy of Frances Shedd Fisher, others courtesy of National Park Service.


Olmsted NHS Celebrates National Park Week

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is celebrating National Park Week with a wide array of walks, talks and the opening of a new permanent exhibit at Fairsted. For more information, see the Fairsted web site.


The Charles E. Beveridge Research Fellowship honors an eminent scholar, Series Editor of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, and devoted friend of the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Fairsted) and its archives and collections. The Fellowship is intended to encourage the use of these archives and foster the continued development of Olmsted scholars. One Fellowship with a stipend of $1,500 will be awarded in 2014. This stipend may be used to defray the living or travel costs for one individual who wishes to come to the Brookline/Boston area to conduct research at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, MA between May 2014 and April 2015. Applications are due by email (pdf attachment) or mail/delivery by 4:00PM Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Additional information, application form and guidelines can be found as a PDF or MS Word (DOC) file.

Additional information on the Archives and collections at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site can be found at http://www.nps.gov/frla/olmstedarchives.htm.

New Elm Planted at Fairsted

On April 26, 2013, members of the Fairsted community, along with local school children, celebrated Arbor Day and Frederick Law Olmsted's birthday by planting a new elm on the grounds of Fairsted. A Jefferson Elm descended from a particularly hardy and disease-resistant elm on the National Mall, this new tree will eventually grow up to a similar shape and size as the original Olmsted Elm which was removed in 2011 due to safety concerns caused by its advanced age and repeated bouts with various diseases.

Olmsted NHS Seeking New Volunteers

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline is currently recruiting new volunteers to fill several positions in its Division of Education and Visitor Services. Opportunities are available for people with strong interpersonal skills and interest in actively supporting one of our nation’s 397 National Park Service sites. Options include working weekdays on the award-winning education program Good Neighbors:Landscape Design and Community Building and either weekdays or weekends interacting with visitors coming to explore this local National Park Service site. For further information, please read the full announcement or contact Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site’s volunteer coordinators at 617-566-1689 or visit Olmsted NHS's Volunteer Page.


Economic Impact of Brookline's National Park Sites

A National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 20,751visitors in 2010 spent over $1.34 million as a result of visits to Brookline’s two NPS sites: Frederick Olmsted National Historic Site and John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site. For additional details, including a link to the full report, please see the official press release.

Liza Stearns wins 2011 NPS Freeman Tilden Award for Good Neighbors program

Education Specialist Liza Stearns of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is the recipient of the National Park Service’s 2011 Freeman Tilden Award for excellence in interpretation. Stearns was honored for creating the “Good Neighbors: Landscape Design and Community Building” program for local third-grade students.

The curriculum-based Good Neighbors program introduces students to landscape concepts and the opportunity to design their own landscapes. In pre-visit classroom activities, students learn about Frederick Law Olmsted and consider how landscape architecture affects their lives. During a park visit, the youth are taught how to read the landscape, draw plant specimens, and compare different design zones. They see how the selection and arrangement of landscape elements contribute to the look, feel, and function of place and use that knowledge to create a 3D landscape model. They also visit either a landscape design firm or Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace.

The program has been officially incorporated into Brookline’s third-grade curriculum. It won the Boston Society of Landscape Architects’ 2011 Award of Excellence and was also featured in the August, 2011 edition of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

The Freeman Tilden Award is an annual award recognizing outstanding public contributions in interpretation and visitor services by a National Park Service employee. Freeman Tilden, who wrote The National Parks, What They Mean to You and Me and Interpreting Our Heritage, has had considerable influence on National Park Service Interpretation and education programs.

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What's Come

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How to Get Here

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic is open with regularly-scheduled public tours offered on Fridays and Saturdays. Further information, including hours, tour times and directions, is available at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site’s website or by calling 617-566-1689 Monday through Saturday.

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