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.

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | 6:00–8:00pm

What Is a Park For? Olmsted, Obama, and the Meanings of Urban Landscape

In 2017 Barack Obama announced that he would build his presidential library in Chicago’s Jackson Park, one of most important big-city parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The resulting debate takes up fundamental questions about the meaning of urban landscape: How do we balance a park’s various purposes? What is the relationship between the park and the surrounding neighborhoods? What—and who—is a park for? The Friends of Fairsted 2017–2018 Lecture Series is proud to present Carlo Rotella, Director of the American Studies Program at Boston College, will discuss his research into Chicago’s South Side spatial and social histories shaped by the presence of Jackson Park. For more information about the lecture and to register.

Wheelock College, Brookline Campus
43 Hawes Street, corner of Hawes and Monmouth Streets, Brookline, MA
Seating is limited | Reservations are required

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 5:30–8:00pm

Emerald Necklace Conservancy Annual Meeting:
Parks as Infrastructure for Living

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a special Annual Meeting in celebration of their 20th Anniversary! Hosted by Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek, the 2018 Annual Meeting will feature a series of succinct presentations from area thought leaders on the multifaceted role of parks in the urban setting. Topics and speakers include:
Water: Pallavi Kalia Mande, Charles River Watershed Association
Infrastructure: Dan Adams & Marie Law Adams, LANDING STUDIO
Access: Peter Costa & Alyson Fletcher, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates
Art: Jen Mergel, Public Art Curator
Admission is FREE.
For more information and to rsvp online by March 15 or at 617-522-2700.
Please use front entrance of the Landmark Center.

NHS Programs 2017

All events are free and open to the public. Please note that some programs require advanced registration.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 9:00–10:30am

Olmsted Park Bird Walk

Co-sponsored with Brookline Bird Club, Emerald Necklace Bird Club, and Brookline GreenSpace Alliance
This annual pre-holidays “tradition” will explore birds, especially ducks and other waterfowl, present in abundance this time of year. The walk is suitable for beginners and novices. The only requirements are to bring binoculars and a field guide and to wear shoes you don’t mind getting muddy.
Meets at the Daisy Field parking area on Willow Pond Road, Jamaica Plain.

Saturday, November 25, 2017 | 9:00–11:00am

“Learn and Burn”

We are continuing what has become a holiday season “tradition” with our third annual “Learn and Burn” walk that offers a chance to learn about an Olmsted landscape and burn off calories from holiday meals. The last two years we were at Jamaica Pond. This year we are moving to Franklin Park. Sign up so you can get some exercise, and learn about Olmsted’s “country park” in the city! Rain or icy conditions will cancel. This walk is popular so sign up soon!

Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 6:00–9:00pm

Plans, Policy and Passion: How the Olmsteds Help Shape Our National Park System

This discussion can be viewed on the NHS Facebook page. Presentations by and a panel discussion with the authors of The Olmsteds and the National Park Service, a new study by the Organization of American Historians and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, highlights recently uncovered information about the importance of the Olmsted firm members in shaping the agency.
Rolf Diamant, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Vermont
Ethan Carr, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts
Lauren Meier, Editor, Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted
Lucy Lawliss, former NPS Superintendent and co-chair of the National Association for Olmsted Parks.