Olmsted History In Seattle Launches

As we move into prime fall foliage viewing, a book about Seattle’s wooded parks goes on sale. The culmination of an 18-month effort by HistoryLink,  Documentary Media, and Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks, Olmsted in Seattle: Creating A Park System for A Modern City traces the story of how, in the midst of galloping growth at the turn of the 20th century, Seattle’s city leaders decided on a City Beautiful movement and hired the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm.

Look for the Friends, and the author, at various events this fall for their book launch. Among the events listed on the Friends’ website are:

October 20
Dunn Gardens Fall Foliage Festival (booth at the event)
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

November 12
Book Signing and Presentation, Douglas Classroom, Center for Urban Horticulture
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Author Jennifer Ott also will speak on Olmsted in Seattle: Creating A Park System for A Modern City at the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library on November 19. An environmental historian and assistant director of HistoryLink, Ott also co-authored Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal with David B. Williams and served as the general editor and a contributing author for Seattle at 150: Stories of the City Through 150 Objects from the Seattle Municipal Archives.

Catch this lecture on Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium.