A CELEBRATION OF Frederick Law Olmsted

Online Discussion with Author Dennis Drabelle, author of The Power of Scenery; Darien Library's Kathleen Millard; and Frederick Law Olmsted descendant, Jonathan Olmsted
Presented by the Darien Library, The Mather Homestead and Barrett Bookstore
Thursday, April 14, 7 - 8 pm


The Darien Library, The Mather Homestead and Barrett Bookstore are pleased to welcome author Dennis Drabelle who will discuss his latest book, The Power of Scenery: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Origin of National Parks. Drabelle will be in conversation with Jonathan Olmstead and Kathleen Millard.


About the Book

Dennis Drabelle provides a history of the national park concept, adding to our understanding of American environmental thought and linking Olmsted with three of the country’s national treasures. Published in time to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Yellowstone National Park on March 1, 2022, and the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted on April 26, 2022, The Power of Scenery tells the fascinating story of how the national park movement arose, evolved, and has spread around the world.

About Dennis Drabelle

Dennis Drabelle is a writer and former attorney. During the 1970s he was an attorney adviser at the U.S. Department of the Interior and counsel to the assistant secretary of the interior for fish and wildlife and parks. Drabelle was a contributing editor of the Washington Post Book World for more than thirty years. His books include Mile High Fever: Silver Mines, Boom Towns, and High Living on the Comstock Lode and The Great American Railroad War: How Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris Took on the Notorious Central Pacific Railroad. His articles on the environment and national parks have appeared in Outside, Smithsonian, Sierra, Wilderness, Backpacker, and many other magazines.

Jonathan Olmsted
Celebrating 200 Years of Frederick Law Olmsted

Wednesday, March 30, 7 pm
This event is hosted in partnership with the Garden Club of Darien

Frederick Law Olmsted, the famed “Father of American Landscape Architecture,” and his family firm, were arguably the most influential landscape architects in the United States with over 500 commissions that included 100 public parks and recreational areas. These include New York’s Central Park (1857), the Buffalo Park System (1868), Boston Park System (1870) and the United State Capitol (1874), which are all standouts in American landscape design.


It is our privilege to welcome Jonathan Olmsted, one of Frederick’s descendants, to highlight the life and works of his vaulted ancestor, illustrated with stunning visuals including photos and plans.

This lecture will be broadcast on YouTube by DAF Media.  LINK

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