Announcing 2021 Beveridge Fellowship & Research Grant Recipients!

This year’s recipient of the Beveridge Fellowship is Jonathan Kuhr, a landscape designer based in Malden, Massachusetts. His approach to the landscape is rooted in a belief that nature has the powerful ability to inspire us, especially when we least expect it, and that the responsibility for sharing this power is a heavy one that should support equity, accessibility, sustainability, and community resilience. His varied research interests reflect these values and are born from his experience as a student of politics and urbanism, a community engagement facilitator, a musician and composer, and a life-long explorer of nature. Before studying landscape architecture, he spent ten years as the editor for the Rubin Museum of Art in New York, NY, where he helped develop more than fifty exhibitions, ten books, and numerous other digital and print publications. He received his Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2020. For the Beveridge Fellowship he will be studying the design, construction, and reception of the Olmsted office’s densely planted, urban woodlands, particularly the role such landscapes might play in creating spaces for people and programs otherwise marginalized by the prevailing forms of open space found in contemporary cities.

This year’s recipient of the Beveridge Research Grant is Emily Vance, who spent her formative years in the southern United States, focused on Anthropology and Art History at the University of Mississippi. After a few years working at various National Parks including Grand Canyon, Acadia and Redwoods, she earned her MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon. She now works as the National Register and Architectural Survey Coordinator for the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office. It was here that she learned of one of the Olmsted Brothers’ lesser-known projects: a proposed campus plan for West Virginia University in Morgantown (1898-1901). Her project seeks to confirm whether the Olmsted plans were acted upon and to amend the current National Register nomination of Woodburn Circle, WVU’s beloved quadrangle, to provide thorough landscape descriptions and context regarding the Olmsted Brothers’ role in its design.

Remembering Dave England

Photo: Dave England, photo courtesy of Alan Banks Dave England was the first volunteer recruited at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in 2002, and he became a founding member of the Friends of Fairsted. Dave turned his hand to any task that presented itself. He prepared our tax returns, hosted committee meetings around the wood stove in his tiny Brookline home, even organized our field trip to Acadia National Park when we visited to learn from their Friends organization how to be a real Friends group.

Dave grew up as an Eagle Scout in Alamogordo NM and he returned to that desert landscape after retiring from his professional life in Brookline. He volunteered at a number of western National Parks, finally serving as a campground host at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. A few months before his death in 2018, Dave wrote thanking the people at Fairsted for setting him on the path to his retirement “career” as an NPS volunteer. Dave’s final gift to the Friends of Fairsted was a generous bequest and we are deeply grateful for it and for all of his support over the years.

Fairsted Reading Room Highlights

A sample list of books available in the Fairsted Reading Room is coming soon.