Category: Personal Reflections

Personal Reflections

Memories of Washington Park  

Kathy Smith recalls growing up near Washington Park in Milwaukee, WI, and her trip back to revisit this special place.
Personal Reflections

Retracing Olmsted’s Footsteps

Olmsted Network President & CEO Dede Petri recounts the trip of a lifetime, retracing Frederick Law Olmsted's footsteps in England with John Phibbs, Gilly Kitching and 12 intrepid Olmsted pilgrims. Olmsted’s first book and delightful travelogue, Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England, provides the backdrop for these observations.
Personal Reflections

Walking in the Footsteps of Giants

Olmsted relative and landscape architect Susan Olmsted recounts the magic of walking in her ancestor’s footsteps as she helps restore California’s Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias for future generations.
Personal Reflections

Growing Up in Forest Hills Gardens

Landscape historian and the author Judith B Tankard remembers her formative years in Forest Hills Gardens.
Charles E. Beveridge

Editing the Olmsted Papers Project

In this republished article, Charles Beveridge focuses on efforts by the editors of the Olmsted Papers to assist in the revival and preservation of Olmsted's legacy.
Personal Reflections

Fred and Me: Love is strange

Author Sara Benincasa writes about her love for Frederick Law Olmsted.
Olmsted & Friends Interviews

Olmsted and Friends: Meet Betsy Shure Gross 

Meet Betsy Shure Gross, a member of our Olmsted 200 Honorary Committee!
Personal Reflections

Beauty in Riverside, IL

Benjamin Sells served as Riverside's village president for nearly a decade. During his tenure, he was guided by Olmsted's interest in the beauty and soul of a place.
Personal Reflections

My Walks with Olmsted 

University at Buffalo professor Adam Rome reflects on his walks through Olmsted's Delaware Park and his audio course— The Enduring Genius of Frederick Law Olmsted— on Audible.
Personal Reflections

A Humanities Class in Boston Explores Olmsted and His Legacy 

Wentworth Institute of Technology recently marked Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th birthday by launching a multidisciplinary humanities elective exploring his achievements, motivations, and legacy. 
Personal Reflections

Discovering Olmsted Jr.

David R. Holden recounts his experiences learning about Olmsted Jr.'s influence in Baltimore and launching the Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks and Landscapes.
Personal Reflections

Eagle Scout honors Olmsted with service project

Lora Panepinto of Scouts BSA Troop 222 reflects on completing her BSA Eagle Scout Service Project at Olmsted-Beil House Park.
Personal Reflections

The “Frederick Law Olmsted on Staten Island Discovery Map” 

The Friends of Olmsted-Beil House (FOBH) debuts a map project illustrating many of Olmsted's Staten Island locations.
Personal Reflections

Girl Scout Daisy Troop 60140 Celebrates Olmsted 200

Daisy Troop 60140 celebrated Olmsted 200 by learning about FLO. Plus, Girl Scouts of Western New York announces "Celebrating Olmsted: Parks for all People" patch!
Personal Reflections

Fortuitous Connections to Frederick Law Olmsted

One man’s effort to relocate a colonial era home to Savannah, GA led his family to uncover connections to Frederick Law Olmsted.