April 26, 2022, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, the master designer of public parks and a founder of the field of American landscape architecture. Public historian and filmmaker Laurence Cotton explored the remarkable life and career of Olmsted—writer, philosopher, social reformer, conservationist, and creator of some of the most beautiful public and private parks and gardens in all of North America and that of his sons and their legacy. You can download an annotated list of resources, including books and other films to watch, at https://foresthistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Olmsted-Resource-List.pdf.
Laurence Cotton is a practicing public historian, and writer/producer of historical films for PBS including “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America”. He was trained as a cultural anthropologist and brings that lens to bear on much of his work.