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The Olmsteds and Patterson Park

  • Enoch Pratt Free Library -Canton Branch 1130 South Ellwood Avenue Baltimore, MD, 21224 United States (map)

Come explore how Patterson Park become the "Best Backyard in Baltimore".  In 1827, in an effort to re-create the public walks that he had seen in Europe, William Patterson offered the mayor of Baltimore six acres of land on the hill. In 1850, the city purchased another 29 acres from Patterson’s heirs and on the evening of July 13, 1853, 20,000 citizens witnessed the park’s formal introduction as a public space.  Learn how the Olmsted brothers and Baltimore City Department of Parks and Rec's shaped this space.

The meeting will be held at the Canton Branch Library, 1130 S. Ellwood Ave.


Ed Orser PHD is Professor Emeritus of American Studies at UMBC and was one of the founding faculty members of the department..  Ed’s teaching and research interests have always been closely connected. His courses on “Community in American Culture” and “American Environments: Landscape and Culture”  became central parts of the American Studies curriculum and led to a variety of research projects with students and to themes that became the focus of his own scholarship

Myra Brosuis is Adjunct Professor at Towson University teaching Landscape Planning, Environmental Applications in the Department of Geography and Environmental Planning. Trained in Landscape Architecture, she was a park planner for Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks for over a decade.  There, in the late 1990's, she was project manager for the first contemporary master plan for the rehabilitation of Patterson Park, where she facilitated extensive community engagement.  The Friends of Patterson Park was an outgrowth of that process.

Earlier Event: November 3
Ceasefire Meditation
Later Event: December 14
A Christmas Carol