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November 2019

Dr. Samuel Akerly and the Growth of Natural History on Staten Island

Sunday, November 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Walker Park, 50 Bard Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10310 United States

Dr. Akerly was the owner of a 1680s farmhouse on Staten Island just prior to Frederick Law Olmsted’s taking up residence in 1845. Ed Johnson will discuss Dr. Akerly's natural history activities at the Olmsted-Beil House; share highlights about another early naturalist, J. Crooke, as well as his contemporary, prolific writer, naturalist, entomologist and historian, William T. Davis. Mr. Johnson will end with educator and naturalist, Carlton Beil, the last to live in the Eltingville home now known as the…

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

Saturday, November 16, 2019 @ 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

Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 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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Children’s Olmsted Holiday Celebration

Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Biddle House, 70 Saterlee Street
Tottenville, Staten Island, 10307 United States
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For children 3-11 FREE!

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January 2020

Frederick Law Olmsted: From Pear Trees to Parks

Saturday, January 18 @ 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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February 2020

Love in the Writings of Frederic Law Olmsted and Other Staten Island Love Stories

Sunday, February 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Historic Richmond Town, Third County Courthouse, 441 Clarke Avenue
Staten Island, 10306 United States
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Valentine's Day Program Free Admission Download Flyer for more information » Parking:  Designated spaces are located in the parking lot off of Clarke Avenue, near the Third County Courthouse reception center. A Valentine’s Day program focusing on historic love that has been experienced on Staten Island. Historian Patricia Salmon will celebrate the love expressed by Frederick Law Olmsted in his writings, poems, and letters. Ms. Salmon will also provide a glimpse into the many accomplishments of this father of landscape architecture who…

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April 2020

Olmsted and Wiman: Making Visions Reality

Sunday, April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blue Heron Nature Center, 222 Poillon Avenue
Staten Island, 10312 United States

Download Event Flyer   Presenter: Patricia Salmon   Erastus Wiman and Frederick Law Olmsted were kindred spirits: both went beyond the borders of what they knew as young men, and both attempted to create places that were welcoming and inviting to the masses.   In Olmsted and Wiman: Making Visions Reality, Patricia Salmon will tell their stories and explain how the Olmsted-Beil House figured prominently in their endeavors. They both owned the structure, but at separate times during the 19th century,…

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Zoom Event – Dr. Samuel Akerly and the Growth of Natural History on SI

Saturday, April 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Speaker: Naturalist and Curator Edward Johnson Free “live” online, presentation Dr. Samuel Akerly was the owner of the 1680s farmhouse in Eltingville that was bought by acclaimed landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted. Edward Johnson will discuss Dr. Akerly's natural history activities at the house, while also sharing highlights about naturalists John J. Crooke and William T. Davis. Ed will conclude with a look at the life of naturalist Carlton Beil. Mr. Beil was the last owner of the Eltingville home…

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Wednesday, April 29 - Monday, June 1
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September 2020

Zoom Event – Virtual Sunset Tour of Central Park

Saturday, September 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Virtual sunset tour of Central Park on Zoom sponsored by The Friends of Olmsted-Beil House.
Duration: 2½-hours
Tour Guide: Matt Falber, owner of Central Park Sunset Tours, will provide our tour of Central Park tailored exclusively for the Friends of Olmsted-Beil House!
Fee: $20.00

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