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In 2014, the National Park Service completed extensive new exhibits and interior rehabilitation at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Fairsted). The final aspect of the new exhibits has not been fully implemented – a public Reading Room that features books related to the life and work of the Olmsteds and the Olmsted firm. The Friends of Fairsted are raising funds to help the National Park Service create this Reading Room to complement the public interpretive exhibits at the Olmsted National Historic Site that will enable visitors to learn more about the life and work of the Olmsted firm members. This project is beginning in 2016 to commemorate the Olmsteds’ role in creating the National Park Service as well as to honor the memory of Friends of Fairsted’s founding board member, Caroline Loughlin.

The initial phase of the project will occur in 2016, with an emphasis on purchasing 100 volumes in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. In addition to the acquisition of 100 books in 2016, the Friends, in collaboration with the staff of Olmsted National Historic Site, will develop a complementary suite of printed materials, such as a brochure, rack cards, and a bibliography of written works by the Olmsted Firm members that will promote deeper engagement with the primary interpretive themes of the park. A list of priority books to acquire has been developed jointly by the National Park Service and the Friends. The book collection will be placed on the existing historic library shelves on the first floor of the Fairsted house adjacent to the new public exhibits. Working closely with the NPS, subsequent phases of the project will include new furnishings to provide comfortable seating, tables, and display of oversize books.

friends of fairsted centenial projectBudget
The total budget for the first (2016) phase of the project is estimated to be $10,000: including purchasing books, design and production of print materials such as a bookplate, and donor engagement.

Future phases of the Reading Room project will include suitable furnishings as well as production and maintenance of a comprehensive bibliography of published works by Olmsted firm members to be available on-line and in the Reading Room. Budgets for these projects will be developed collaboratively with the National Park Service.

The first phase of the fundraising initiative will take place during 2016, the Centennial of the National Park Service.

You can donate online or mail a check. Please make check payable to Friends of Fairsted. Mail to: Friends of Fairsted, Reading Room Project, c/o Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, 99 Warren Street, Brookline, MA 02445.

Friend of Fairsted is a 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

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Mail to:
Friends of Fairsted
Reading Room Project
c/o Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
99 Warren Street
Brookline, MA 02445

Friend of Fairsted is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.