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Olmsted Network Offering Tour of Boston

Olmsted Network

Pop-Up Boston

The Olmsted Network invites you to visit Boston from April 23-25— the first in a new series of affinity travel trips. Join us for a glimpse into Olmsted’s life and work as expert guides lead us through notable parks and places, such as the Emerald Necklace and the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

On Tuesday afternoon, Dede Petri of the Olmsted Network and Mark Zelonis of the Library of American Landscape History will welcome travelers at Trinity Church, the first major work of Olmsted friend and neighbor Henry Hobson Richardson. We’ll take a behind-the-scenes tour before heading off to Fairsted— the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site— to see where the profession of landscape architecture was born.

On Wednesday, April 24, we’ll start our day at the Arnold Arboretum. Director Ned Friedman will greet us, and other experts will whisk us away for a walking tour of the grounds and a special glimpse into the arboretum’s archives. Next, we’ll drive along the Arborway to a meeting with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. We’ll return to Copley Square and conclude our day at the Leventhal Map Center with President & Head Curator Garrett Dash Nelson.

On Thursday morning, John Kett from the firm of Reed Hilderbrand will join us for a tour of Franklin Park, the last great rural park of Olmsted. Kett is the chief author of the Franklin Park Master Plan and will discuss challenges and opportunities in this park. Our journey will conclude around noon.

Tickets are $375 and include one continental breakfast, one box lunch, one dinner, transportation to/from events, exclusive tours and a small donation to the Olmsted Network. Tickets do not include travel costs or accommodation.

The Olmsted Network is a LA CES approved provider and can offer 8 hours of credit to those participating in all three days of this educational trip. In order to be eligible for credit, please register and fill out the form in the confirmation email. You will also need to fill out post-event surveys.

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The Pop-Up Series

In 2024, join the Olmsted Network for exclusive “pop-up” trips in the Olmsted-rich cities of Boston (April 23-25), Seattle (June 21), Staten Island (July 19-20) and Buffalo (Oct 30- Nov 1).

These short trips will allow our partners and friends the chance to meet like-minded travelers and explore Olmsted parks and places like never before— with expert guides leading the way!

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