Olmsted NPS Archives Achieve Digitizing Milestone!
During the 2016 Centennial year of the National Park Service, the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site successfully uploaded its 100,000th image to mark a significant achievement in making the archives of the Olmsted firm readily available online. The NPS spent fifteen years conserving and cataloging the landscape design firm’s 139,000 historic plans and drawings collection. With digital access now in great demand, the NPS began to make the collection available online using a familiar platform — Flickr — due to its popularity and ability to serve as a portal to the Olmsted digital collection by the general public. In the first phase, the park uploaded the entire historic photo album collection, as well as many plans and drawings. Olmsted NHS also received funding to support onsite scanning as well as off-site digital photography of materials that are too large or fragile to be handled in-house. While the Olmsted Research Guide Online remains the comprehensive search tool for Olmsted project-based research, the Flickr site provides immediate digital access to an important part of the collection, and is growing weekly as new materials are uploaded. Check out the Flickr site.
Celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site hosted a series of events from Aug 25–28 for the centennial celebration which was met with great interest and success. Thursday, August 25: a talk, “America’s Cradle: New England in Photographs” by award-winning photographer Xiomaro. An outdoor reception on the site’s South Lawn at 6:00pm celebrating winners and runners-up of “Inspired by Olmsted” visual art and writing contest for high school students. Friday, August 26: a series of Specialty Tours explore topics beyond the traditional tour. “Olmsteds & the Organic Act”, “Landscape for the Ages” and “An Interview with FLO”. Saturday, August 27: Opening the Olmsted Vault for viewing and highlighting the work of the Olmsted firm did in advocating and designing our National Parks, “From Policy to Plans: The Olmsteds Give Shape to Our National Parks” Sunday, August 28: Family Day at Fairsted, for family-focused activities on our South Lawn and hands-on experience in the Park Design Workshop. At 7:30pm a free showing of Yogi Bear to complete the celebrations.
Beveridge Fellowship Update
The 2016 Charles E. Beveridge Research Fellowship is awarded to Fadi Masoud of Cambridge, MA for his proposal, “Landscape’s Comprehensive Codes and Standards.” This study grows from an interest in Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.’s influence on the crafting of legislation meant to arm planners in the twentieth century (and beyond) with “an enabling mechanism” to execute the kind of comprehensive designs commonly associated with Olmsted Sr. The study explores the relationship between landscape-driven comprehensive planning and regulatory zoning, with an emphasis on how this relationship affects the ability of projects to withstand environmental pressures over time. Masoud is a Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, MIT, Cambridge, MA.
Beveridge Research Fellowship
New Board Members for 2015-2016
At our May 2015 annual meeting, the Friends elected four new board members and a new slate of officers.
Thomas Woodward, Carlisle, MA, President
David Hessney, Brookline, MA, Vice-president
Erica Max, Roslindale, MA, Treasurer
Ray Dunetz, Jamaica Plain, MA, Clerk
Elizabeth Igleheart, Concord, MA
Full list of the Board of Directors