Presentations followed by panel discussion with the authors of The Olmsteds and the National Park Service, a new study sponsored by the Organization of American Historians and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. The program will highlight recently uncovered information about the importance of the Olmsted firm members in shaping the agency in policy and design.
Looking at the uncertain future for national parks, the legacy of the Olmsteds, now more than ever, offers America a vision for a national park system that draws inspiration from principles of equity and benevolence and relies on professional stewardship employing the best design, science and scholarship. There is an urgency to tell a refreshed National Park Service history that that connects back to the Olmsteds and the responsibility of government to preserve special places for the benefit of all people.
Rolf Diamant, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Vermont
Ethan Carr, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts
Lauren Meier, Editor, Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted
Lucy Lawliss, former NPS Superintendent and co-chair of the National Association for Olmsted Parks
Organized by the Friends of Fairsted and the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.