Celebrating 200 Years of Parks, Conservation,
Public Health and Social Justice
Gerry Wright, Founder, Coordinator, Co-Chair National Advisory Committee
Betsy Shure Gross, Co-Chair National Advisory Committee
Sarah Freeman, Co-Chair Olmsted 2022 Massachusetts
617-524-7070 + FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 300040, Boston, MA 02130
A program of Community Service Care, Inc., a non-profit, tax exempt organization
"Let it be not for present use and delight alone, but let it be of such a work that
our descendants will thank us for it."
Frederick Law Olmsted
Celebrating the 198th Birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted
Click on image to view the video or click this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnZ2NIQVi_Y
Since 2010, Gerry Wright and members of Community Service Care (CSC), Inc.
have been working on programming to honor the legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted,
the father of landscape architecture.
This video was created to celebrate what would have been his 198th birthday
in anticipation of his 200th birthday on April 26, 2022.
Olmsted 2022 is a program under CSC aimed at
protecting and preserving our parks and public spaces.
Olmsted Birthday Party Postponed, But Project Plans Move Forward
by Lauren Bennett • May 8, 2020
Frederick Law Olmsted's Blog: Stories at Sunrise on Jamaica Pond:
Mosaic of Frederick Law Olmsted composed of an entire year of
sunrise pictures of Jamaica Pond:
Frederick Law Olmsted Past Apearances
2015 National Parks and Historic Sites Tour
inspired by the visionary Frederick Law Olmsted. The tour culminated with a
presentation of the 1865 Olmsted Report on the Yosemite and Mariposa Grove
at the Yosemite National Park.
Olmsted National Historic Site, New York State House, Niagara Falls
Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Lincoln House National Historic Site
(Click on images or text for Dispatches)
These posts came directly from Gerry himself as he visited National Parks and Historic Sites inspired by the visionary
Frederick Law Olmsted. The passage culminated with a presentation of the 1865 Olmsted Report on the
Yosemite and Mariposa Grove at the Yosemite National Park.
August 9, 2015
Yosemite National Park
(Click on Images for Larger Version of Play Program
or Click HERE for printable PDF)
Niagara Falls Public Library
July 18, 2015, 1 PM
Milton Historical Society
May 21, 2015; 7 PM
Neighborhood Club of Quincy
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FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED: Passages in the Life of an Unpractical Man
one-man play by Gerry Wright
Gerry Wright has researched, written and produced a one-man show honoring the life and work of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of landscape architecture. The play provides insights into Olmsted's passionate vision as he played critical roles in the dynamics of slavery as a writer, Executive Secretary of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in the Civil War, and as the landscape architect for New York City's Central Park, Boston's Emerald Necklace, the US Capitol grounds, along with multiple plans for colleges, communities and private estates. Olmsted was a key pioneer in the movement to preserve land as national parkland, both at Yosemite and Niagara Falls.
Olmsted's life story, from "vagabond," to dry goods salesman, sailor, traveler, journalist, author, publisher, executive (including a goldmine in California), to becoming the father of landscape architecture in America is both inspiring as history and reason for continued commitment in the 21st century.
The Olmsted play has been presented at the Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Boston’s 375th Anniversary Parade, Brookline’s 350th Anniversary Celebration, plus numerous communities of the Commonwealth; along with performances in Volgoda, Russia; in New York City for the 150 year anniversary of the legislation for Central Park; Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Louisville, Kentucky; and in Asheville, North Carolina.
Expanded Program Details, Videos, Photographs, Reviews HERE
Performance at Maryland Humanities Council "Chautauqua" in July 2010 "Beyond Boundaries" by Gerry Wright as Frederick Law Olmsted at Germantown Campus of Montgomery College Video on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r97ljW26EtQ
Video clip excerpts from performance at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline on August 31, 2003.
DVD high resolution versions of the entire performance available upon request. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU-GzAaztiI
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