• Park Cultural Landscapes


Throughout history, people's relationship with the landscape has shaped communities, personal stories, and historic events. Here we highlight people whose significant contributions to the stories shared by the National Park Service included direct links and influence of their surrounding landscapes.

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Zehra Osman

Norman T. Newton
Landscape Architect, the "Monuments Men"
Newton served as director of the sub-commission known as the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) Section of the Civil Affairs Division from 1942 to 1943 and continued as an attachment to the British Eighth Army in Italy until 1946.  This section was referred to as the “Monuments Men,” although the group of nearly 350 contained both men and women. The multi-national collection of museum curators, architects, artists, and academics identified and re-located millions of cultural and artistic materials seized by the Nazis. As a landscape architect, Newton’s role involved surveying the condition of cultural sites and monuments, as well as formulating recommendations for their conservation. His wartime efforts earned him several awards and honors from the Italian government. Read More