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Charles Beveridge named LALH 2015 Preservation Hero.

LALH Film “The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System”, based on the book by Frank Kowsky, which was featured as the Friends November 2013 lecture, received a 2015 Film Award from SAH. Read more.

The LALH film, “Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts”, partially funded by Friends of Fairsted, is now available online. Read more.

Two volumes of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted are now availableSS2 (Plans and Views of Public Parks) and Volume 9.

New Board Members for 2014-2015
At our May 2014 annual meeting, the Friends elected four new board members and a new slate of officers.

Officers

Patrice Kish, Boston, MA, Co-president
Lauren Meier, Belmont, MA, Co-president
Thomas Woodward, Carlisle, MA, Vice-president
Erica Max, Roslindale, MA, Treasurer
Annie Blair, West Roxbury, MA, Clerk

New Directors

Pamela Hartford, Salem, MA
David Hessney, Brookline, MA
Victoria Ross, Brookline, MA
Sarah Vance, Brookline, MA
Kyle Zick, Roslindale, MA
Full list of the Board of Directors

Beveridge Fellowship Update
The due date for the 2015 Beveridge Fellowship application was April 1, 2015. The 2014 Charles E. Beveridge Research Fellowship went to Jeongyon (Mimi) Kim of Atlanta, Georgia for her proposal, “The Small Parks of Frederick Law Olmsted.”
Samuel Valentine of Cambridge, Massachusetts also received a research grant for his proposal, “What Lies Beneath: Documenting Buffalo’s Buried Quarry Garden and Envisioning its Rebirth”.
Beveridge Research Fellowship

FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
New Exhibits Open

Come see the newly installed exhibits, Designing for the Future, The Olmsteds and the American Landscape. This new, multi-dimensional exhibit in the first floor of the Fairsted house, explores the work of the Olmsted firm from it’s beginnings at Central Park in New York City, to the relevance of the firm’s work to contemporary life. As part of an extensive interior renovation, historic wallpapers and finishes have been carefully re-created so that the interior spaces evoke the aesthetic sensibilities of the Olmsted family. Hours, directions, and information

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
99 Warren Street, Brookline, MA

NEW EXHIBITS INSTALLED
Come see the new education exhibits: Designing for the Future, The Olmsteds and the American Landscape at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic, 99 Warren Street, Brookline, MA. For hours and schedule of ranger-lead tours of the historic design office, please consult the Olmsted NHS site.

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.

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.