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Planting the Seed for Our National Parks
Honoring the 150th anniversary of Olmsted’s Yosemite and the Mariposa Grove: A Preliminary Report, 1865 and its vision for national parks
Known to many for creating public parks in cities, Frederick Law Olmsted was also an important advocate for scenic preservation across America. In his 1865 report, Olmsted articulated - some say for the first time by anyone
- the role of government in protecting and making accessible our nation's
scenic landscapes for the enjoyment of all people in a democracy. Join us in
the landscape by a giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) as we read
aloud portions of the report with Olmsted’s eloquent and prescient prose on the
actual anniversary of its first public reading by its author.
Special guest reader: Dayton Duncan, Emmy Award-winning producer/writer of PBS’s The National
Parks: America’s Best Idea
Performers: Maliotis Chamber Players, flute ensemble; Diane Edgecomb & Margot Chamberlain, Celtic harp and
Parking: Park on Bussey Street. Enter the Arboretum through the Bussey Street or Walter Street Gates and follow signs for Conifer Path to the giant sequoia.
Public Transportation: Take the T to Forest Hills. Exit the T station on the upper level. Cross Washington Street and enter the Arboretum through the Washington Street Gate. Follow Blackwell Foot Path to South Street. Cross South Street to reenter the Arboretum. Turn left at the intersection on Hemlock Hill Road and follow signs to the event.
Note: bring a low chair or cushion to sit upon. Wear comfortable walking shoes as Conifer Path traverses a steep incline.
For general information: www.nps.gov/frla, 617-566-1689
For directions and parking information: www.arboretum.harvard.edu, 617-384-5209
Co-sponsored by Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy
This program is made possible in part by generous support from the Friends of Fairsted.