Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (Photo courtesy National Association of Olmsted Parks)
Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (Photo courtesy National Association of Olmsted Parks)
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The town of Camden and the Camden Public Library will join the nationwide “Olmsted 200” celebration of the work and philosophy of Frederick Law Olmsted and the Olmsted firm over the past 200 years of American park design.

The month-long celebration will include a talk by landscape designer and historian Eleanor Ames on Tuesday, October 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. The library will host an exhibit celebrating Harbor Park and the village green, both designed by the firm, throughout October in the Picker Room. The exhibit will portray the Olmsted design philosophy in photographs and text, including vintage construction photographs, modern color photographs, and the story of how the park came to be.

Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. was born in 1822; and his and his sons’ designs of parks and landscapes have had an impact on the philosophy and appearance of public spaces nationally and in Camden in particular.

Ames served as co-chair of the National Association for Olmsted Parks as well as founding the Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks and Landscapes, now part of the Maine Historical Society.

Harbor Park and the village green are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.