My next appearance will be in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts at the Metropolitan Waterworks, at 7:00 p.m. on June 7. In September, I will be giving a two-session class at the 92nd Street Y in New York, via zoom; details soon. Another talk will be at the Pequot Library in Southport, Connecticut, on Thursday evening, October 10.

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In April, I traveled to Buffalo for a talk under the auspices of the Richardson Center Corporation and the Lipsey Architecture Center, celebrating the great Richardson-Olmsted collaboration, the Buffalo Insane Asylum, now the Hotel Richardson. In February, I was the guest speaker at the Art Lovers Book Club at the Attleboro Art Museum, in Attleboro, Massachusetts, and in January, I talked to the Mountain Garden Club in North Conway, New Hampshire. Last October I delivered the keynote at the rededication of the Olmsted courtyard at the Converse Memorial Library in Malden, Massachusetts.

The last couple of years have been busy ones: One high point was giving the concluding toast at the April 25th celebration, in Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse, jointly sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy and National Association of Olmsted Parks (NAOM), on the occasion of the bicentenary of Olmsted’s birth.

Other events included a panel discussion under the auspices of NAOM, now on C-SPAN; a conversation with Professor Ali Feser of the University of Chicago (it can be seen here); and talks to virtual audiences at Chicago’s Glessner House and the Boston Athenaeum. Urban geographer Donald Poland and I had a public conversation at the Mark Twain House and Museum; I gave subsequent talks at the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Chatham (NY) Public Library. In Berkshire County, Massachusetts, I did a pair of programs with architectural historian Cornelia Gilder at Ventfort Hall and the Laurel Hill Association, while Shaker Mill Books sponsored an event at the West Stockbridge Historical Society. I delivered a virtual presentation under the auspices of the Maryland Department of Planning and addressed the American Society of Landscape Architects at their annual convention in Atlantic City.

In the past, the radio and television shows on which I have been a guest include Oprah, numerous NPR local and national shows, WNYC’s Studio 360, C-SPAN, and the A&E Networks.

Over the years, I have spoken at many and diverse places, including art museums, among them Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Saint Louis Art Museum; the San Antonio Art Museum; the Dallas Art Museum; the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and the Memorial Gallery of Art of the University of Rochester.

My appearances at presidential sites include stops at the Adams National Historical Park, home of John and Abigail Adams; Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage in Nashville; the Carter Library and Museum in Atlanta; the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Library; the Friends of Theodore Roosevelt in Oyster Bay, New York; George Washington’s Mount Vernon; the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor; and Montpelier, James and Dolley Madison’s Virginia home.

Invitations have come my way from a mix of clubs and groups, such as 92nd Street Y in New York; the Spencertown (NY) Academy Festival of Books; the Somerset Club in Boston; the Institute for Classical Architecture; the Municipal Arts Society, New York; the Georgia Center for the Book, Atlanta; Philadelphia’s Union League Club; and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Historical societies and historic sites where I have spoken include the  Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society; Columbia County (NY) Historical Society; the Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Edmonston-Alston House in Charleston, South Carolina; the Frelinghuysen-Morris House and Studio in Lenox, Massachusetts; Gracie Mansion in New York; the William Henry Seward Historic House Museum in Auburn, New York; the Green-Meldrim House in Savannah; the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, in Hartford, Connecticut; the Lancaster (PA) Historical Society; the Litchfield (CT) Historical Society; Middleton Place and the National Historic Trust’s Drayton Hall, both in Charleston, South Carolina; the South Union Shaker Village in Kentucky; Tudor Place in Georgetown; Ventfort Hall in Lenox, Massachusetts; several branches of the Society of Architectural Historians; Robinson Jeffers/Tor House Foundation, Carmel, California; and the Sons of the American Revolution, Louisville, Kentucky.

I have delivered lectures at various universities and symposia, including the George Washington Symposium at Mount Vernon; the American Association of State of Local History Presidential Sites and Libraries Conference; the Thomas Jefferson Lecture at the Massachusetts Historical Society; Friends of Tufts University Library; the University of Virginia; and the Brazos Forum in Waco, Texas; and at libraries, including the Library of Congress; the New York Public Library; the Chatham (NY) Public Library; the Hotchkiss Library (Sharon, CT); the  Princeton (NJ) Public Library; the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago; the Library of Virginia in Richmond; and the Beinecke Rare Book Library, Yale University.

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