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November 2019

Farming on Staten Island: from Dr. Akerly to Frederick Law Olmsted

November 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305 United States

Details: Farming on Staten Island: from Dr. Akerly to Frederick Law Olmsted with Patricia Salmon.  Farming has long been a part of Staten Island's history from the time of the Lenape through the currently active Decker, Gericke and Snug Harbor Farms. Join us to learn about the fascinating history of Olmsted-Beil House and its long connection to farming and agriculture that continue on SI to this day. (Fresh produce from local farms to be offered as light refreshments following the lecture.) Event…

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December 2019

Frederick Law Olmsted – At Home on Staten Island

December 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10305 United States
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Details: “Frederick Law Olmsted – At Home on Staten Island” Olmsted spent a handful of years as a Staten Island farmer. But that’s merely one chapter in the life of a man who was, among other things, a journalist, abolitionist, and pioneering landscape architect. Olmsted followed his own idiosyncratic path to greatness. In his speech, Martin will connect the disparate pieces of Olmsted’s life, showing how his Staten Island interlude (1848-1855) was crucial to his assorted endeavors, most particularly his masterpiece, Central…

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January 2020

Frederick Law Olmsted: From Pear Trees to Parks

January 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
St. George Library Center, The New York Public Library 5 Central Avenue,
Staten Island, NY 10301 United States
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Join us to learn how a Staten Island farmer who'd changed careers often enough to live in modern times, became the nation's most celebrated park designer and influenced generations of Americans.  Olmsted lived in a farmhouse on Staten Island from 1845-53 and the 1685 home is still standing in a NYC Park on Staten Island. Join us to learn the many fascinating and little-known details of the story. Hosted by Friends of Olmsted-Beil House (olmstedbeilhouse.org) Presented by Matt Falber. About…

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