CAMDEN — As part of Camden’s celebration of Olmsted 200, the Camden Public Library will present landscape designer and historian Eleanor “Noni” Ames for a narrated slideshow honoring the designed landscape legacy of Camden and Rockport. Olmsted 200 is a nationwide celebration of the landscaping and park philosophy of Frederick Law Olmsted, both junior and senior, and their impact on the look of American parks and urban landscapes. Noni Ames’s talk will be via Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 pm.

Benches sit near the water in Harbor Park. Courtesy of the Camden Public Library

The illustrated talk will explore both public and private landscapes designed during the early 20th century and will include landscape architects whose work can be found in Midcoast Maine — such as the Olmsted Brothers, Fletcher Steele, Warren Manning, and Hans Heisted. Ames will focus 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 as 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.

Families relax in Harbor Park. Courtesy of the Camden Public Library

The talk is part of the library’s “Discover History Month” series as well as Camden’s participation in the Olmsted 200 festivities. The presentation complements a month-long exhibit about the history of Camden’s Harbor Park and Village Green, on view in the library’s Picker Room through Oct. 28. Register for a Zoom link to attend the talk by visiting the “What’s Happening” adult events calendar at librarycamden.org.

A vintage view of the Camden Village Green Courtesy of the National Association of Olmsted Parks

More information about this and other upcoming programs can be found at librarycamden.org.

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