Join me on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Derby Neck Library in Derby, Connecticut as I use verbal and pictorial imagery to recount the fascinating story of Frederick Law Olmsted, America's "father of landscape architecture." Hartford born in 1822, he designed major parks in New York (Central and Prospect Parks), Boston, Washington D.C., and outdoor treasures in many other cities. Among his Connecticut designs are Seaside and Beardsley Parks in Bridgeport, Walnut Hill in New Britain, and the Institute of Living campus in Hartford. Learn how his formative years in his native state influenced his brilliantly executed and far-seeing designs. No one calling Connecticut home should be surprised at feeling some nostalgia while walking through an Olmsted park, however far away. Discover how this master park maker was able to create a sense of nature in the densest urban areas, and why his designs are enduring a century-and-a-half later. Come to the library one day and tread in the great man's footsteps the next!
Thoroughly updated and modernized, the Derby Neck Library is an early twentieth century architectural gem, built partially with a donation from Andrew Carnegie. It's worth a visit in its own right. The program is free and registration is requested though not required. The library is at 307 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby, CT. For more, call 203-734-1492 or go to http://derbynecklibrary.org/events/