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Olmsted Now Public Dialogue: WHO Has Public Greenspace Been For?

June 15 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In collaboration with King Boston’s Embrace Ideas Festival, Olmsted Now’s coalition co-organizers’ Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site present a free dialogue with today’s foremost scholars thinking about Boston’s park system-designer Frederick Law Olmsted at the intersection of greenspace, abolition and racial justice. Join Stephen Gray and Ethan Carr as they dig into the issues of Carr and Rolf Diamant’s book Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea as they relate to the racial equity framework Gray developed for Olmsted Now: Greater Boston’s Olmsted Bicentennial. For Olmsted’s 200th, we will explore together key questions of who Boston’s and the Nation’s greenspaces have been for and how can we fully understand—and change—these narratives for the next 200 years.

The space will open at 10am for informal socializing. This free panel and audience Q&A will be recorded from 10:30-11:30, with time for attendees to continue dialogue with the speakers before the start of Embrace Ideas at the ICA Boston at noon at 100 Northern Avenue.

The recording of the presentation will be shared again for live Q&A from 6-7PM

Register for the 10:30AM session by clicking here.

Register for the 6PM live Q&A by clicking here.


June 15
10:30 am - 11:30 am


District Hall Boston
75 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210 United States
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