Thursday, March 22, 2018

Emerald Necklace Conservancy Annual Meeting:
Parks as Infrastructure for Living

Join the Emerald Necklace Conservancy for a special Annual Meeting in celebration of their 20th Anniversary! Hosted by Conservancy President Karen Mauney-Brodek, the 2018 Annual Meeting will feature a series of succinct presentations from area thought leaders on the multifaceted role of parks in the urban setting. Topics and speakers include:
Water: Pallavi Kalia Mande, Charles River Watershed Association
Infrastructure: Dan Adams & Marie Law Adams, LANDING STUDIO
Access: Peter Costa & Alyson Fletcher, Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates
Art: Jen Mergel, Public Art Curator

Thursday, November 10, 2016

An Emerald Evening — Olmsted Award of Excellence

Koch Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy is honoring Ben Taylor, Chair of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s board of directors and former publisher of the Boston Globe with The Olmsted Award for Excellence. His guidance and leadership of the board have helped the Conservancy fulfill its ongoing mission to restore and improve the park for all. The Olmsted Award of Excellence is awarded biennially to an individual or organization who demonstrates an unwavering determination to carry out Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision and commitment to urban parks.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Historic Olmsted Subdivision Walking Tour

Hosted by the Swampscott Historical Commission
Take a guided walking tour of the Nationally Registered Olmsted Subdivision Historic District, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. A local architect will guide this tour, highlighting the architectural features and Olmsted’s vision that make this a unique setting. In 1888 the Swampscott Land Trust purchased 130 acres of what was the Mudge Estate. The Trust commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted’s firm to layout a residential neighborhood. Enter this neighborhood at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean onto Monument Ave, follow it’s curvilinear roads around the natural topography of the landscape. See Olmsted’s vision to encourage the full utilization of the natural topography, not allowing the decorative elements to take precedence, and to harmonize the man-made structure with the picturesque landscape.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Olmsted’s Muddy River Restored: Re-linking the Emerald Necklace

Please join the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art New England tour of the recently restored Muddy River, guided by Margaret Dyson, Director of Historic Parks at the Boston Parks & Recreation Department. This impressive feat of design and engineering involves daylighting 700’ of the Muddy River, restoring its presence as a body of water and a park while enhancing flood control and providing visual, special linkage between Jamaica Pond and the Fens. Following the tour there is a reception at the Shattuck Visitor Center in the Fens. For additional information, contact Sarah Macdonald or 617-913-2277.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Emerald Necklace Conservancy Annual Meeting

Meeting 5:30pm | Reception 6:00pm | Lecture 6:45pm
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Finney presenting Radical Presence: Black Faces, White Spaces and Stories of Possibility. Dr. Finney is an assistant professor in environmental science, policy and management at the University of California Berkeley, and a member of the U.S. National Parks Advisory Board. Following Dr. Finney’s talk there will be a book signing and dessert. There is no cost for this event but space is limited.

Sunday, March 1, 2015 | 3:00-6:00pm

Jamaica Pond & Gerry Wright Celebration

A celebration of 50 years of stewardship and Gerry Wright’s 80th birthday
First Church of Jamaica Plain, Unitarian Universalist
Centre Street and Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain, MA
Sponsored by the Friends of Jamaica Pond and Olmsted 2022
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Arthur Shurcliff and the Design of Colonial Williamsburg

Elizabeth Hope Cushing, historian
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Elizabeth Hope Cushing, author of Arthur A. Shurcliff: Design, Preservation, and the Creation of Colonial Williamsburg, published by the Library of American Landscape History, will speak about her product of years of detailed research based in part on previously inaccessible records. Cushing has brought Shurcliff to life as one of the most fascinating landscape architects and preservationists of his time.
Co-sponsored with the Arnold Arboretum and the Library of American Landscape History

May 19, 2014

Mariana Griswold van Rensselaer: A Landscape Critic in the Gilded Age

Judith Major, historian
Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
In collaboration with the Arnold Arboretum

December 2, 2013

The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, Volume 8:

The Early Boston Years, 1882-1890

Book talk by editors Charles Beveridge, Ethan Carr and Amanda Gagel
Panel discussion
Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Research Building
Co-sponsored with the Arnold Arboretum, Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the National Association for Olmsted Parks

March 23, 2013

Community by Design: The Olmsted Firm and the Development of Brookline, Massachusetts

Book talk by co-authors Keith Morgan, Elizabeth Hope Cushing and Roger Reed
Newbury College, Student Center
Co-sponsored with the Library of American Landscape History and the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site