Frederik Law Olmsted: MKE’s Resilient Futurist

Frederick Law Olmsted was America’s foremost proponent of “parks for all people” as a way to foster democracy. Appreciating the restorative power of nature, Olmsted wanted everyone to have easy access to beautiful green spaces. This slide program explores how he laid the foundations for Milwaukee’s naturalistic parks and parkways, starting with Lake, Riverside and Washington parks and Newberry Boulevard.


Virginia Small

Virginia Small writes and speaks about topics relating to parks and public spaces, environmental issues, and historic landscapes. A greater Milwaukee native, she returned here after working on the East Coast for several decades as a journalist and communications professional. ... read more

Date: Wed, May 10

Delivery Method: In-person With Livestream

Time: 12:30-1:45pm CT

Location: UWM Hefter Conference Center or view on Zoom

Instructor: Virginia Small

Fee: $10

Program Number: SPRI:382

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