Welcome to the Friends of Fairsted


Images 1,3,5 and 6 courtesy of Frances Shedd Fisher, others courtesy of National Park Service.


Spring 2015 Lecture

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Gary Hilderbrand, Partner, Reed-Hilderbrand Landscape Architects and Profesor in Practice of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Lecture
Wheelock College
43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA

For more information, including instructions on how to RSVP, please see our events page.

2014 Fellowships Awarded

The 2014 Charles E. Beveridge Research Fellowship goes to Jeongyon (Mimi) Kim of Atlanta, Georgia for her proposal “The Small Parks of Frederick Law Olmsted.”

Samuel Valentine of Cambridge, Massachusetts also received a research grant for his proposal, “What Lies Beneath: Documenting Buffalo’s Buried Quarry Garden and Envisioning its Rebirth.”

The 2015 Beveridge Fellowship applications are due by April 1, 2015. Additional information, application and guidelines can be found as a pdf or MSWord file. A list of past recipients can be found here.


The Charles E. Beveridge Research Fellowship honors an eminent scholar, Series Editor of The Papers of Frederick Law Olmsted, and devoted friend of the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site (Fairsted) and its archives and collections. The Fellowship is intended to encourage the use of these archives and foster the continued development of Olmsted scholars. One Fellowship with a stipend of $1,500 will be awarded in 2015. This stipend may be used to defray the living or travel costs for one individual who wishes to come to the Brookline/Boston area to conduct research at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, MA between May 2015 and April 2016. Applications are due by email (pdf attachment) or mail/delivery by 4:00PM Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Additional information, application form and guidelines can be found as a PDF or MS Word (DOC) file.

Additional information on the Archives and collections at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site can be found at http://www.nps.gov/frla/olmstedarchives.htm.

News From Fairsted:

New Exhibits Installed

Come see the new education exhibits: Designing for the Future, The Olmsteds and the American Landscape at the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic, 99 Warren Street, Brookline, MA. For hours and schedule of ranger-lead tours of the historic design office, please consult the Olmsted NHS website.

New Elm Planted at Fairsted

On April 26, 2013, members of the Fairsted community, along with local school children, celebrated Arbor Day and Frederick Law Olmsted's birthday by planting a new elm on the grounds of Fairsted. A Jefferson Elm descended from a particularly hardy and disease-resistant elm on the National Mall, this new tree will eventually grow up to a similar shape and size as the original Olmsted Elm which was removed in 2011 due to safety concerns caused by its advanced age and repeated bouts with various diseases.

Olmsted NHS Seeking New Volunteers

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline is currently recruiting new volunteers to fill several positions in its Division of Education and Visitor Services. Opportunities are available for people with strong interpersonal skills and interest in actively supporting one of our nation’s 397 National Park Service sites. Options include working weekdays on the award-winning education program Good Neighbors:Landscape Design and Community Building and either weekdays or weekends interacting with visitors coming to explore this local National Park Service site. For further information, please read the full announcement or contact Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site’s volunteer coordinators at 617-566-1689 or visit Olmsted NHS's Volunteer Page.


Economic Impact of Brookline's National Park Sites

A National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 20,751visitors in 2010 spent over $1.34 million as a result of visits to Brookline’s two NPS sites: Frederick Olmsted National Historic Site and John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site. For additional details, including a link to the full report, please see the official press release.

What's Coming

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What's Come

Be sure to check out our past programs, newsletters, annual reports, previous lectures, and fellowship recipients here.

How to Get Here

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic is open with regularly-scheduled public tours offered on Fridays and Saturdays. Further information, including hours, tour times and directions, is available at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site’s website or by calling 617-566-1689 Monday through Saturday.

Get in Touch

Want to join the Friends of Fairsted? Feel free to fill out and print an application and mail it back to us with your contribution. More…