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Engaging, deeply researched, and richly illustrated books require significant time and expense. We make this investment to ensure that LALH books provide foundational scholarship and insight to students, preservationists, landscape architects, civic leaders, and the general public for decades to come. LALH books are made affordable through grants and generous contributions of our supporters. Please consider making a charitable gift to help us develop one.


PLEASE HELP US DEVELOP A FILM ABOUT RACISM AND JIM CROW IN SOUTHERN STATE PARKS. BASED ON WILLIAM O’BRIEN’S AWARD-WINNING BOOK, LANDSCAPES OF EXCLUSION.

During the Jim Crow era, Southerners enjoyed access to a broad array of beautiful state parks, but the vast majority of these did not allow Black visitors. The few so-called “Negro parks” that did allow Black visitors were much smaller than those designed for white park-goers and were also inferior in scenic quality and recreational amenities. Through interviews, historic photos, and contemporary footage, the new LALH film will delve into the ingrained discrimination in the South that resulted in these injustices, the actual experience of these parks, and the long battle to desegregate them.  

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PLEASE HELP LALH DEVELOP A BOOK BY THE RENOWNED LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT DAVID KAMP, WHO IS COMMITTED TO THE IDEA THAT “DIRT WORKS.”    

Early in his design career, David Kamp, FASLA, volunteered to design the Joel Schnaper Memorial Garden in East Harlem, the first garden created specifically for AIDS patients. The experience proved life-altering, and in the years that followed, Kamp became a pioneer in designing landscapes to promote health and well-being. In time, he took these ideas further into the public realm, implementing them in schools, parks, and brownfields. In these projects, Kamp sought to heal unhealthy sites, revitalize communities, and inte­grate broad social and ecological objectives. This beautifully illustrated book illuminates the life of this remarkable practitioner and offers a riveting perspective on what thoughtful, inspired landscapes can do to improve the lives of all people.

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PLEASE HELP LALH DEVELOP A BOOK ABOUT FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED’S CRITICAL ROLE IN THE BIRTH OF “AMERICA’S BEST IDEA”—OUR NATIONAL PARKS. 

During the turbulent decade that the United States engaged in a civil war, abolished slavery, and remade the government, the public park emerged as a product of these dramatic changes. New York’s Central Park and Yosemite in California both embodied the “new birth of freedom” that had inspired the Union during its greatest crisis, epitomizing the duty of republican government to enhance the lives and well-being of all its citizens. Olmsted’s groundbreaking Yosemite Report (1864) expresses the core tenet of the national park idea: that the republic must provide all its citizens access to the restorative benefits of nature. In writing it, Olmsted essentially created the intellectual framework for a national park system.

Timed to coincide with the bicentennial of the landscape architect’s birth, Olmsted and Yosemite presents a new interpretation of how the American park—urban and national—came to figure so prominently in our cultural identity, and why telling this more complex and inclusive story is critically important now.

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Founded in 2012, the Nancy R. Turner Fund supports LALH books about American parks and gardens.

In 2021, the Turner Fund is underwriting new paperback editions of three influential LALH titles:

John Nolen, Landscape Architect and City Planner by R. Bruce Stephenson

New Towns for Old by John Nolen, with an introduction by Charles D. Warren

Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England by Frederick Law Olmsted, with an introduction by Charles C. McLaughlin

Please consider making a charitable donation to the Turner Fund. Learn more about this important source of support for LALH.


Founded in 2020, the Ann Douglass Wilhite Nature and Design Fund supports books that explore the role of nature in design.

In 2021, the Douglass Wilhite Fund is helping support development of two forthcoming books related to nature and design, including:

Essays on Landscape by Laurie Olin

Warren H. Manning’s Urban Vision by Kevan Klosterwill

Please consider making a charitable donation to the Douglass Wilhite Fund. Learn more about this important source of support for LALH.