About this Program:
Parks have been a great respite for Seattle residents during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. They are also “the breathing lungs and beating hearts of great cities.” Learn more about the Olmsted legacy in Seattle’s park system from HistoryLink’s Jennifer Ott.
About the Speaker:
Jennifer Ott is an Environmental Historian and the Assistant Director at HistoryLink. She has a master’s degree in Environmental and Western American History from the University of Montana. In addition to writing Olmsted in Seattle: Creating a Park System for a Modern City, she is the co-author with David B. Williams of Waterway: The Story of Seattle’s Locks and Ship Canal (2017) and the general editor and co-author of Seattle at 150: Stories of the City through 150 Objects from the Seattle Municipal Archives (2018).
Jennifer has also contributed articles on Washington state history to HistoryLink.org, Seattle magazine, and the Oregon Historical Quarterly. She is a former board member and past president of Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks and a current member of the Volunteer Park Trust Steering Committee.