Multimedia Presentations

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Interactive GIS Map:

Mapping the Work of the Olmsteds in the World: What's in Your backyard?

Recently we have been collecting data to visually represent the work of the Olmsted firms. Based on historic records from our archives as well as sources outside of our collections, we've gathered the longitudes and latitudes of many of the firm's projects.

We've created a Google Earth layer that shows the various types of projects...(more)



Plant Chats with Val

Plant Chats with Val

Learn from former volunteer Val Wilcox about various plants around the Fairsted landscape, their history regarding Olmsted, and how the plants have impacted American culture.
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Olmsteds' Legacies

Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. and the firm he created spans nearly one hundred years, and with it comes a rich history. Learn about the legacy the Olmsteds left, not just in the landscapes they designed but the field they helped foster.
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28 minutes, 34 seconds

Can't make it to Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site for a guided tour? Visit the Olmsted Firm from home with Park Ranger Alan Banks. See the offices where landscape architects, engineers, draftsmen, horticulturists, and others worked to design some of the nation's most iconic landscapes.


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A "photo in a photo" of School Master Hill in Franklin Park

Past & Present Project

How have Olmsted designed landscapes changed over time? That is one of the questions that prompted us to try to recreate historic photos from the Olmsted Archives. Join us in exploring a few parks in the Emerald Necklace, and find out how you can get involved in the project. Learn more...

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Emerald Necklace Safari

Journey through Boston's Emerald Necklace on the hunt for great vistas!

Last updated: April 14, 2022

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