The Olmsted Landscape Legacy Across America and the Pacific Northwest

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Pub Night Talk at McMenamins: “The Olmsted Landscape Legacy Across America and the Pacific Northwest” by Portland-based historian Laurence Cotton, who served as consulting producer on the 2014 PBS documentary “Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America.” 

Pub Night Talks is a free monthly lecture series featuring the work of experts from the University of Washington and the local community, cosponsored by UW Bothell and McMenamins. 

Topics have ranged from black holes and butterflies to ecological resistance and storytelling through engineering.

7-8:30pm, Tuesday, January 29, 2019. Doors open at 6pm.  Haynes’ Hall, McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell.  

Historian Laurence Cotton
Cotton screens the documentary and lectures on Olmsted’s legacy of including green spaces in urban planning in the late 19th century, including New York’s Central Park. 

Cotton also references the work of Olmsted’s son, John Charles Olmsted, who designed parks in Seattle (an “emerald necklace” of dozens of miles of scenic boulevards, according to, Portland and Spokane in the early 1900s. 

Free and  open to the public. All ages  welcome.  Seating is  first come, first served.  Talk  followed by Q/A.  


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