Author and Kansas City Resident Justin Martin Discusses His New Book

For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2011
Contact: Steven Woolfolk
816.701.3698
Author and Kansas City Resident Justin Martin Discusses His New Book

Author and former Kansas City resident Justin Martin discusses his latest book, Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Olmsted - a renowned landscape architect as well as an abolitionist and early environmentalist - is largely responsible for the designs of New York's Central Park and the StanfordUniversity campus. Olmsted was also a mentor to George Kessler, the man responsible for much of Kansas City's iconic parks and boulevard system, including the designs of Swope and PennValley parks and the Paseo and Ward Parkway.

Following Olmsted's death, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. took over the firm and furthered his father's imprint on Kansas City's landscape, designing the grounds surrounding Liberty Memorial as well as other, smaller projects.

Martin contends that our national yearning for green spaces makes Olmsted's work more relevant today than it was during his lifetime.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.

Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.