“The Prairie Spirit” Landscape Architecture June Celebration in Chicago

Graceland Cementary, A Design History
Graceland Cementary, A Design History by Christopher Vernon

Library of Landscape Architecture History Books Anchor June Festivities in Chicago

Chicago resident and LALH Board member John K. Notz Jr. has organized a series of events in June to celebrate the publication of two new titles from LALH, Graceland Cemetery: A Design History by Christopher Vernon andThe Native Landscape Reader, edited by Robert E. Grese. Both books illuminate little-known aspects of important trends in landscape architecture that started in Chicago, particularly the “prairie spirit” that shaped significant landscapes such as Graceland Cemetery between 1900 and 1930. The first series, spanning June 13–16, honors the sesquicentennial anniversary of Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery as well as the new Vernon book. The next series, unfolding June 17–20, focuses on The Native Landscape Reader and includes the world premiere of the first LALH documentary film, Designing in the Prairie Spirit. Contact the hosting venues for more information.

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Wednesday, June 13, 12:15 p.m.: Christopher Vernon, lecture and book signing Chicago Architecture Foundation Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan, Chicago Contact: Barbara Gordon: bgordon@architecture.org Wednesday, June 13, 5:30 p.m.: Christopher Vernon, lecture and book signing Newberry Library, 60 West Walton St., Chicago Contact: Rachel Bohlmann: bohlmannr@newberry.org; Thursday, June 14, 5:30 p.m.: Christopher Vernon, lecture and book signing Hosted by the Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago Chapter. Charnley-Persky House, 1365 N Astor St., Chicago Contact: Judy Freeman: Jrfree3500@aol.com Saturday, June 16, 10:00 a.m. Symposium with guest landscape architects and historians Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago Contact: Russell Lewis: lewis@chicagohistory.org Sunday, June 17, 3:00 p.m. Christopher Vernon; Robert Grese; Robin Karson, author and LALH executive director; and Arthur Miller, author and Lake Forest College librarian, panel discussion, “The Landscape Design Heritage of Chicago’s North Shore.” Reception following. Hosted by Lake Forest College Archives and Special Collections, Donnelley and Lee Library, and Environmental Studies Program. Co-sponsored by Lake Forest–Lake Bluff Historical Society. Lake Forest College (Middle Campus, Hotchkiss Hall, Meyer Auditorium), Lake Forest Contact: Arthur Miller: amiller@lakeforest.edu Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. Christopher Vernon, Robert Grese, and landscape architect Darrel Morrison, lecture program and film screening. Morrison will introduce the world premiere of the LALH film about his work,Designing in the Prairie Spirit. Co-sponsored by LALH. Chicago Botanic Garden (Regenstein Center, Fairchild Room), 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe Contact: www.chicagobotanic.org/calendar/ or 847-835-5440 Wednesday, June 20, 12:15 p.m. Robert Grese, lecture and book signing Chicago Architecture Foundation Lecture Hall, 224 S. Michigan, Chicago Contact: Barbara Gordon: bgordon@architecture.org Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 p.m. Christopher Vernon, Robert Grese, and Robin Karson, lecture and book signing, “The Pioneering Prairie Spirit in Landscape Design.” Co-sponsored by LALH. Morton Arboretum (Sterling Morton Library), 4100 Illinois Rt. 53, Lisle Contact: Rita Hassert: rhassert@mortonarb.org.

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