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Emerald Necklace:
Boston's Green Connection--
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By looking at The Emerald Necklace: Boston's Green Connection, students will learn about Frederick Law Olmsted and his philosophy about parks and cities as well as city life during the Industrial Revolution. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

National Park Service (NPS) Historic Landscape Initiative
Learn more about the National Park Service (NPS) Historic Landscape Initiative. This program promotes responsible preservation practices that protect our nation's irreplaceable legacy--designed landscapes such as parks and gardens, as well as vernacular historic landscapes such as farms and industrial sites.

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy website provides a virtual tour of Boston's Emerald Necklace including the individual "jewels" of the necklace and information about each park.

Boston National Historical Park
Boston National Historical Park is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the parks Web pages for the virtual Freedom Trail tour that shows the city's historic sites including Boston Common.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Visit the Arnold Arboretum website for more information about this research and educational institution. It manages a collection of hardy trees, shrubs, and vines located on 265 acres in Boston, Massachusetts and associated herbarium and library collections. The grounds were planned and designed by the Arboretum's first director, Charles Sprague Sargent, in collaboration with the landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted as part of Boston's Emerald Necklace park system. The landscape and design at Mount Auburn Cemetery by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society helped to pave the way for Charles Sprague Sargent and Frederick Law Olmsted in their creation of the Arnold Arboretum, part of Boston City Park's Emerald Necklace.

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System. Visit the park's Web pages for a detailed history of Olmsted as well as information about the Olmsted Archives that has historic documentation for Olmsted-designed landscapes. Also featured on the site is the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (OCLP) providing technical assistance to historic properties in cultural landscape research, planning, stewardship and education.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation
The Cultural Landscape Foundation is the only not-for-profit foundation in America dedicated to increasing the publicís awareness of the importance and irreplaceable legacy of cultural landscapes. Visit their website for more information on what cultural landscapes are and what they represent. Also learn about endangered landscapes and grassroots efforts to preserve them.

Library of Congress: Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)/ Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) Collection
Search the HABS/HAER collection for detailed drawings, photographs, and documentation from their architectural survey of Boston Public Garden, Faneuil Hall, the State House, and other Boston historic properties. HABS/HAER is a division of the National Park Service.

Central Park
The Central Park website provides a detailed history of Frederick Law Olmsted's most famous park as well as a virtual tour.

Urban Parks Online
This Project for Public Places website features Great Park Places, a segment about urban parks from around the world ranging from River Walk in San Antonio, Texas to the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. The descriptions include photographs, historical information, and an evaluation of what makes each park effective and enjoyable.


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