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Frederick Law Olmsted is the subject of a lecture sponsored jointly by the Dover Historical Society and Chicatabot Garden Club on Wednesday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dover Library, Lower Level. Alan Banks will be the speaker. He is Supervisory Park Ranger of Fairsted in Brookline, Olmsted’s last home and the center of his business practice. He oversees the historical interpretation of this Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site. During the last 25 years he has researched and developed a variety of landscape walking tours, lectures and presentation on the Olmsteds and their work across the country. He and his work have also been featured in PBS and National Geographic programs.
The firm Olmsted, founded over a century ago. was involved in over 1,200 landscape architecture projects throughout Massachusetts, ranging from expansive 500 acre public parks to intimate private gardens. One of its greatest achievements is a six mile “emerald necklace” of ponds parks and parkways that winds its way through Boston. There are also at least two Olmsted designed gardens in Dover.
This one hour illustrated lecture will sample this rich landscape legacy and explore the ideas that shaped some of the most treasured places in Massachusetts. The public is invited, free of charge. Refreshments will be served.