Landscape designer and historian Eleanor "Noni" Ames will explore the rich legacy of both public and private landscapes designed during the early 20th century. The talk will include landscape architects whose work can be found in Midcoast Maine—such as the Olmsted Brothers, Fletcher Steele, Warren Manning, and Hans Heisted. Her focus will be on how these landscapes shaped the aesthetics of both Camden and Rockport and the importance of continuing to protect and preserve them.
Ames has served at the Co-Chair of the National Association for Olmsted Parks and founded the Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks and Landscapes, which was incorporated into the Maine Historical Society in Portland a decade ago. She is a resident of Rockport.
Be sure to stop by the library’s Picker Room Gallery during the month of October to see an exhibit curated by Ken Gross, Director of the Library’s Walsh History Center. The exhibit explores “The Seven S’s of Olmsted Design,” and focuses on the historic landscape design of Camden’s Harbor Park. This exhibit was created as part of the nation-wide "Olmsted 200" Celebration.
Discover History Month at the Camden Public Library is generously sponsored by Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn. Additional support is provided by The Smiling Cow.
Find more talks in our October 2021 "Discover History" Series, and all of our other programs at librarycamden.org/events.