Celebrating 200 Years of Parks, Conservation,
Public Health and Social Justice
Betsy Shure Gross
Olmsted’s 195th Birthday
Wednesday, April 26, 2017, Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
First Church, Unitarian Universalist Jamaica Plain, Centre and Eliot Street, Boston, MA 02130
Olmsted 2022, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Arborway Coalition
and other Community organizations
Featuring: Olmsted 2022 - Nature’s Force
Christopher Cook, Commissioner, Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Gerry Wright - Olmsted: From Yosemite to Jamaica Pond and the Emerald Necklace
And Other Park Stewards
Call for Stewardship Membership Action:
Protecting and Promoting Parks & People
U.S. Capitol Grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick Law Olmsted aka Gerry Wright with Yosemite National Park Conservation Stewards
Jamaica Pond and Hellenic Hill in Boston’s Emerald Necklace
Information: Telephone: 617-524-7070 Email: FrederickLawOlmsted@yahoo.com
Frederick Law Olmsted 2016 Appearences
Walk with Olmsted
Saturday, October 22, 2016
11 AM, Free
Shattuck Visitors Center
125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Frederick Law Olmsted 2015 Appearences
Frederick Law Olmsted is on his way to Yosemite! Well at least Gerry is!
To follow ‘Fred’ and to get updates on “Olmsted’s Passage to Yosemite” and back, please follow along at:
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 will be coming directly from Gerry himself as he visits National Parks and Historic Sites inspired by the visionary Frederick Law Olmsted. The passage will culminate 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
A Walk with Mr. Olmsted through the Back Bay Fens
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Join Frederick Law Olmsted, as portrayed by Gerry Wright, and an Emerald Necklace docent as they lead a walk through the historic landscape of the Fens. Learn how Mr. Olmsted transformed the area once described as, “The foulest marsh and muddy flats to be found anywhere in Massachusetts,” into the first link in his chain of parks we know today as the Emerald Necklace.
Hear the story of a remarkable life from the man himself!
Emerald Necklace Conservancy Visitor Center
Olmsted Birthday Celebration 1:00 PM
Friends of Jamaica Pond Boat House
Olmsted Birthday Celebration
April 16th: 4:00 PM
Colleges of the Fenway
Annual Muddy River Symposium
April 15th: 7:30 PM
Belmont Historical Society
Assembly Room, Belmont Public Library
336 Concord Avenue, Belmont, Massachusetts
Free and open to the public
Refreshments will be served
Antioch University New England
Field Trip of a Sustainability and Environment Course
Olmsted Walking Tour
Plymouth Open Space Committee
"Preserving Natural Plymouth"
Protect Jamaica Pond's Watershed from Development
We respectfully request the conservation and preservation of Jamaica Pond’s watershed by protecting Hellenic Hill woodlands from development.
We petition Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Massachusetts General Court, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston City Council, and Citizens to:
- Jamaica Pond has been an important source of water for wildlife and people.
- Native Americans and people through the ages have enjoyed the beauty of the waters and hill.
- Jamaica Pond was the water reservoir for Boston up to the 1850s, and it is still an emergency water source.
- Jamaica Pond Park is used daily by thousands of people to revitalize their physical, mental and spiritual health.
- Friends of Jamaica Pond and the Jamaica Pond Project have provided education programs and environmental stewardship for over five decades.
- Conserve and Preserve Jamaica Pond’s watershed by protecting Hellenic Hill woodlands from development.
- Ensure the Integrity of the Emerald Necklace parks envisioned by Frederick Law Olmsted as a sanctuary for all the citizens.Sign the Petiton Online at:
Join the Olmsted 2022
Celebration Community Email List
Support Olmsted 2022
By Mail with Card (Click on Image to Print)
Or Online at PayPal
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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