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 was initiated in honor of the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 – a public Reading Room that features books related to the life and work of the Olmsteds and the Olmsted firm. The Friends of Fairsted undertook this project to complement the public interpretive exhibits at the Olmsted National Historic Site which enable visitors to learn more about the life and work of the Olmsted firm members. This project not only commemorates the Olmsteds’ role in creating the National Park Service honors the memory of Friends of Fairsted’s founding board member, Caroline Loughlin.
The emphasis of the first phase of the project was the acquisition of 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 next create 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. The list of priority books to acquire was developed jointly by the National Park Service and the Friends. The book collection has been placed on the existing historic library shelves on the first floor of the Fairsted house adjacent to the new public exhibits. The second phase of the project, completed in 2017, included new furnishings to provide comfortable seating, tables, and display of oversize books.
This project was made possible with major support provided by the Caroline K. Loughlin Fund, the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, and the Library of American Landscape History. A complete list of supporters will be included in the 2017 annual report.
Donate to Fairsted Reading Room
Your gift to support the Reading Room can be donated online or by check. Please make your check payable to Friends of Fairsted and 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.