Bookstock Author Talk: Rolf Diamant, Olmstead and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea

Marsh - Billings - Rockefeller National Historical Park



Location: LAT/LONG: 43.632123, -72.517303

Forest Center

Dates & Times


Friday, June 24, 2022


12:30 PM


1 hour

Type of Event



Rolf Diamant, former superintendent of Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, is keeping his hand in conservation history.  A resident of Woodstock, Diamant is now adjunct associate professor at UVM and author of a new book “Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea, with co-author Ethan Carr (Library of American Landscape History – 2022.)  Diamant will be speaking about his new book at Bookstock, 12:30pm on Friday, June 24 at the national park’s Forest Center. Both Central Park in New York and Yosemite Valley in California became public parks during the tumultuous years before and during the Civil War.  This new book explains how Central Park, anti-slavery activism, civil war, and the remaking of government gave rise to the American public park and concept of national parks.


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