Friends of Fairsted 2015-2016 Lecture Series
America’s Best Idea: Fairsted, the Olmsteds and Our National Parks
In Recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service
Series Commentator: Anne Whiston Spirn
Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning, MIT
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Parks: Cornerstones of Civic Revitalization
Public park systems are a measure of a healthy and functional society, an uncommon commitment to the common good. This talk will trace the symbolism and significance of public parks, from Frederick Law Olmsted’s seminal 1865 Yosemite Report to the present day, as a recurring expression of national and community renewal.
6:00 pm reception 7:00 pm lecture
43 Hawes Street, Wheelock College, Brookline
Admission is free; space is limited; registration required
Rolf Diamant is a writer, historian, and adjunct associate professor at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. A former superintendent of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Rolf enjoyed a 37-year career with the National Park Service as a landscape architect, planner, and park manager. He is past president of the George Wright Society and his column, “Letter from Woodstock,” addressing the future of national parks, appears regularly in the society’s journal.