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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

Sundays July 8, 15, 22, 29 | 10:00–11:30am

Morning Yoga at the Arnold Arboretum

Adrienne Sharigian, Yoga Instructor. Improve your health and well-being with yoga. We will practice poses, breathing and meditation in the tranquil setting of the Arnold Arboretum. In the case of inclement weather, the session will move indoors (Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall). FREE, registration is limited and required at my.arboretum.harvard.edu. Co-sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum, Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.

June 25-September 26

Mondays: 6:00–7:30pm | Wednesdays: 6:30–8:00am

Dawn & Dusk Yoga at Fairsted

Explore the links between Olmsted’s design philosophy and the practice of Amrit Yoga. As you inhabit the landscape, you will be able to explore how the outer space of an intentionally designed landscape can provide opportunities for peace and tranquility. Similarly, as you experience Amrit Yoga, you will be able to explore how the inner space of an intentionally designed practice can provide opportunities for balance and relief. All classes are FREE and open to the public. Mats are provided. Reservations are required. For reservations or more information contact Adrienne Sharigian: 617-396-7918.
This program is part of the Healthy People/Healthy People Initiative.

NHS Programs 2018

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

Saturday, August 11th | 8:00–9:30pm

Stargazers Stroll Through the Arnold Arboretum

Join an NPS ranger for an evening stroll and learn more about the design intentions behind the Olmsted and Sargent landscape. The walk will start at the Hunnewell Visitor Center, leading up to Bussey Hill for a stargazing event under the night sky. Hiking shoes suggested and flashlights or headlamps required. Space is limited so reservations are required.
Co-sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

Sunday, July 22, 2018 | 8:00–10:00pm

Movie Night at Fairsted — ET: The Extra-Terrestrial

Sit under the stars and watch the classic tale of extra-planetary friendship on Fairsted’s South Lawn. Bring your own blanket or low beach chair, and something to drink (non-alcoholic), but please no glass containers. We’ll be providing the popcorn on the house! Event is free to all, no reservations required. Questions? Please call 617-566-1689 x 221. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 21, 2018 | 4:00–5:30pm

Changes and Invasions Through the Ages at Olmsted Park

Walk with us and explore the geological, environmental, and cultural shifts that shaped Olmsted Park. This Olmsted-designed landscape reflects its history: see how interventions including the filling of the Back Bay and the introduction of invasive plant species have changed the park’s appearance, upkeep, and use. Meets at the parking lot behind the Brook House high-rise complex which is located at 33 Pond Avenue in Brookline, MA. The walk is free and open to the public, no reservations required. For more information, call (617) 566-1689.