1962: 21,000 Miles

March has come in like a lion and the experience has grown evermore complex. The giant storm is now far out at sea, but it’s influence continues. Jamaica Plain suffered much damage. We are now in our third day without heat at 39 Saint John Street. Something I enjoy about this situation. Taken back to…

The Storm

“Most dangerous storm of the winter,”  Governor Baker………..”Worst storm in my lifetime,”  Senior Citizen, South Shore Jamaica Plain suffered much damage.  Our home at 39 St. John Street had a very close call.  A 60 foot tall Norway Maple fell across St. John Street into our neighbor’s front yard.  If the the maple tree had fallen directly…

Sunset Crater Volcano

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is one of the less known, but extraordinary places, where we have an opportunity to learn much about Nature and Humanity. The experience was special because Hilary Clark had made arrangements for the presentation of the Olmsted Play at the Amphitheater located in a magnificently beautiful and an educational marvel for all…

WBUR Interview

If you didn’t have a chance to catch the interview of Gerry that aired on Friday, you can check it out online: 150 Years Ago, Olmsted Released His Historic Yosemite Report.

Upcoming Radio Interview

WBUR-FM 90.9 plans to broadcast its July 7th interview, which took place at Fairsted, with Gerry Wright during one of its local Morning Edition segments between 5:00 am and 9:00 am on Friday morning, August 7th. The focus of the interview was Frederick Law Olmsted’s involvement with Yosemite in the 1860s in connection with the…

On the Road: Springfield to St. Louis

Leaving the Lincoln Home, I headed toward St. Louis, where I would cross the Mississippi, and pass near the Jefferson Memorial Site, recognizing the beginning of the Lewis & Clark’s Expedition. This journey was a result Jefferson’s success in negotiating the Louisiana Purchase and wanting to get a report on the land acquired. As a…

Lincoln Home National Historic Site: July 23

Reflecting upon a day’s immersion at the Lincoln Home in Springfield, IL, the impact and meaning grips me with more power than I realized. Interacting with so many people, from the visitors to frontline Park Rangers to Supervisors to the Director of History and Education to the superintendent, brought multiple moments of fun-filled exchanges that…

Cuyahoga Valley National Park: July 21

Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, located between Cleveland and Akron, is a most amazing natural wonder for many reasons. Beginning with the geological history, there are a number of intriguing features. First, the glacial action carved such contours that the Cuyahoga River begins to the East of the North end of the park, from underground…

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site And Botanical Gardens: July 19

A final day in New York, before moving west toward Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio, and it has been filled with inspiring moments from history at the Theodore Roosevelt (T.R.) Inaugural Site in Buffalo.  Although I have visited Niagara Falls two times, I had never been to the city where Olmsted and Vaux designed one of…