Posts tagged “American parks”

OLMSTED PARKS IN CHICAGO THREATENED BY OBAMA PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY PROPOSAL

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | Posted by

The University of Chicago recently unveiled its plan to locate the Obama Presidential Library in either Washington or Jackson Parks, both of which were designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the 1870s. Promoting the plans as a way of invigorating the South Side and even adding to the city’s park land, University […]

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LALH AT MARSH-BILLINGS-ROCKEFELLER NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Posted by

LALH is in Woodstock, Vermont, at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park this week, with landscape photographer Carol Betsch, taking photographs for the forthcoming “100 Years of Design on the Land,” an exhibition of forty-five photographs from LALH books: December 15, 2014–March 6, 2015, 1285 Gallery, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York City. The park encompasses […]

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FORTHCOMING: LANDSCAPES OF EXCLUSION

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | Posted by

The state parks movement sought to expand public access to scenic places throughout the nation. But in the South, severe racial restrictions, known broadly as “Jim Crow” laws, barred African Americans from using state parks. When the New Deal of the 1930s spurred a massive wave of park expansion, the National Park Service built segregated […]

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MANY WAYS TO CELEBRATE OLMSTED IN APRIL

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | Posted by

In much of the country April marks the real start of spring, when many city dwellers most appreciate their parks. The timing is perfect to celebrate Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture and the parks movement in particular, who was born on April 26, 1822. Throughout the country (and in Montreal), Olmsted parks […]

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NPS DESIGN TRADITION IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | Posted by

This essay first appeared in the George Wright Forum, published by the George Wright Society. Centennial celebrations, like most historical commemorations, express apprehension for the future as much as pride in the past. While retrospection on an important anniversary can forge renewed identity or purpose, the need for such definition seems most pressing when new […]

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HISTORIC SITES IN THE UNITED STATES: PAST AND PRESENT

Thursday, March 28, 2013 | Posted by

Historic parks and monuments have suffered an overall decline in visitation over the last 30 years. This may not be true of all destinations, particularly those most popular with tourists. But according to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 25% of Americans reported visiting a historic site in 2008, down from about 38% in […]

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NEW BOOK SERIES: DESIGNING THE AMERICAN PARK

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 | Posted by

“Designing the American Park,” a new series within the Library of American Landscape History, launches this year with the publication of Frank Kowsky’s, The Best Planned City in the World: Olmsted, Vaux, and the Buffalo Park System. The new series will be based on the conviction that park landscapes are among the richest of cultural […]

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