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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 LALH PUBLISH A BOOK ON OLMSTED’S FRANKLIN PARK

Frederick Law Olmsted designed Franklin Park in 1885 as the centerpiece of the Boston park system that later became known as the Emerald Necklace. Often cited with Central Park (1858) and Prospect Park (1865) as one of the three most important “large parks” he designed, Franklin Park was also the most mature expression of Olmsted’s ideas for urban park design. Carr’s book will be the first full historical treatment of this important site.  An afterword by the landscape architect Gary Hilderbrand outlines a master plan for its future and chronicles the park’s more recent history as a place to gather and celebrate, and to protest social and racial injustice.

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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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Founded in 2022, the Olmsted Fund supports books and films that address the importance of Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy and its potential to make today’s urban environments more socially equitable and environmentally sound.

Please consider making a charitable donation to the Olmsted 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.

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


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

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