Tuesday, 03 September 2019

Elks Temple History Pub

The Olmsted Landscape Legacy Across America and the Pacific Northwest

5:30 pm doors, 7 pm event

Free. First come, first served. Arrive early!

All ages welcome

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About The Olmsted Landscape Legacy Across America and the Pacific Northwest

The Olmsted Landscape Legacy Across America and the Pacific Northwest

Presented by Laurence Cotton, public historian

Frederick Law Olmsted, his two sons and the Olmsted Bros. landscape architecture firm left a huge imprint across all of America, in both urban and rural settings. This combination film screening and public lecture will detail that legacy, in words and images. Portland based public historian and writer/producer Laurence Cotton originated and served as Consulting Producer of the 2014 PBS special “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America.” The film is a full biographic treatment of Olmsted’s life and career. It will present the case that Olmsted’s role in late 19th Century America extends well beyond his storied public parks…and it details the stories behind the creation of several of those key landscapes.

After a brief intro setting the context, the program includes the full film. Following the screening, Mr. Cotton will deliver a lecture that extends and amplifies upon the content of the film, and further highlights the Olmsted landscape legacy across North America, with special reference to John Charles Olmsted legacy across the Pacific Northwest, including Portland, Seattle and Spokane.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America is a co-production of WNED-TV, Buffalo/Toronto and Florentine Films/Hott Productions Inc. (*This needs to be on the poster, as well as the web listing)

About the Speaker:

Laurence Cotton is a public historian, writer and producer of documentary films. A resident of Portland for twenty-five years, Laurence is an interpreter of the cultural history of the Pacific Northwest, and a biographer, largely working in film, of regional and national figures. Two such films are C.E.S. Wood, which Laurence co-produced with John de Graaf for the Oregon Experience series and the nationally broadcast film Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, a project Laurence originated and for which he served as Consulting Producer. The film was produced by Florentine Films/Hott Productions for PBS. Laurence Cotton serves as a lecturer and interpreter of cultural and natural history onboard small ship cruise vessels that ply the waterways and coastlines of North America. One of his specialties is the Columbia and Snake River region.

About Elks Temple History Pub

Elks Temple History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon, Washington and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

This event is eligible for a History Pub Stamp

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