I am pleased to present the FY2020 Annual Report and list of supporters. We are grateful to all who have contributed to the Friends so we can support Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.
It is an understatement to say that 2020 has been a challenge for each and every one of us. Our spring lecture by Elizabeth Hope Cushing, “A Place of His Own: Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.: His Life and Work in Landscape Architecture and Planning,” was postponed, but the Friends still hope to bring that exciting work to you in another format.
Despite the challenges the pandemic has given us, we cannot deny Olmsted’s visionary commitment to the healing powers of natural scenery expressed through parks, reservations and park systems. We have Olmsted & Vaux, John Charles and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., as well as the later firm and all its principals and practitioners to thank for an amazing legacy of national, state, regional and local parks and designed landscapes throughout the nation. The majority of that work was created at Fairsted.
As we look forward to 2021, we have an exciting year ahead focused on public programs, grants, research fellowship, and preparations for Olmsted 200 – the bicentennial of Olmsted’s birth in April 2022. The Friends are working closely with the park, local organizations, particularly the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, and the National Association for Olmsted Parks on plans to celebrate this event and recognize the importance of parks and Olmsted landscapes in providing access to open space. Our goal is to raise $25,000 per year to support the park, public programs and Olmsted 200. Please click here to make your online contribution.
We launched our new year of programs and initiatives beginning with our December 3, 2020 lecture, “The Olmsted Brothers’ Planning in California: A Prescient Approach to Ecological Design” by Christine E. O’Hara, Professor, California Polytechnic, San Louis Obispo with a response by Fadi Masoud, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto.
In early 2021, the Friends will announce a new round of Charles Beveridge Research Fellowship grants utilizing the Olmsted Archives at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, recognizing the substantial work the NPS has done to make many records accessible online. Please check our website for regular updates, news, programs, and the Beveridge Fellowship announcement.
We hope we can depend on you to continue your involvement with and support to Friends of Fairsted and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. Thank you in advance and we look forward to a productive 2021.
Lauren G. Meier ASLA