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First Wednesday at Brownell Library

Wednesday, May 3, 2023
PM – 8:30 PM

Central Park and Yosemite Valley became public parks during the tumultuous years before and during the Civil War. UVM historian and former National Park Service superintendent Rolf Diamant explains how anti-slavery activism, war, and the remaking of the federal government gave rise to the American public park and the very concept of national parks.

About Rolf Diamant

Rolf Diamant is adjunct associate professor of historic preservation at the University of Vermont and former superintendent of four national parks including Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont. He is a landscape architect, graduate of UC Berkeley, and a recipient of a Loeb Fellowship for advanced environmental studies at Harvard University.

Underwriter: Otto & Associates