Upcoming are conversations at Ventfort Hall, with architectural historian Cornelia Gilder, in Lenox, Massachusetts, on August 2; another in Stockbridge at the Red Lion Inn to celebrate the Olmsteds engagement in Berkshire County, sponsored by the Laurel Hill Association, on August 26; and an event under the aegis of the West Stockbridge Historical Society and Shaker Mill Books, on Friday, September 16. More details and dates events to come.
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The year has already been busy: I participated in a January panel discussion under the auspices of the National Association of Olmsted Parks (NAOM), now on C-SPAN; had a conversation with Ali Feser of the University of Chicago in February (it can be seen here); and spoke to virtual audiences at Chicago’s Glessner House in March and the Boston Athenaeum in April. Urban geographer Donald Poland and I had a public conversation at the Mark Twain House and Museum in April, and I’ve given subsequent talks in May and June at the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Chatham (NY) Public Library.
I had the honor of giving the concluding toast at the April 25 celebration, in Central Park’s Loeb Boathouse, jointly sponsored by the Central Park Conservancy and NAOM, on the occasion of the bicentenary of Olmsted’s birth.
The radio and television shows where I have been a guest in the past include Oprah, numerous NPR local and national shows, WNYC’s Studio 360, C-SPAN, and the A&E Networks.
I have spoken at a diversity of 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.