Philadelphia boasts one of the oldest, largest and most diverse park systems in the United States. Yet the city’s parks receive scant attention in histories of landscape design and city planning. In Counting Trees: The Search for Fairmount Park, Elizabeth Milroy, author of The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876, will describe the development of Philadelphia’s urban parks in the two centuries after William Penn and Thomas Holme drew public squares on the seminal city plan.
This program is FREE but registration is required.
Elizabeth Milroy has contributed several essays to The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, including a history of Philadelphia’s public parks.
Location: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia