Symposium: Shelburne Museum and the Creation of Colonial Revival Landscapes

Shelburne Museum and the Creation of Colonial Revival Landscapes examines landscape architecture and history at mid-twentieth-century.  Speakers will explore how landscapes, both public and private, were intentionally shaped by Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb and others.

Topics include an exploration of the influence of the Colonial Revival, the establishment of museum village settings, and how the Museum’s landscape places it in the larger cultural and landscape design movements of the era. Speakers will explore the work of pioneering and influential landscape architects and designers including Charles Eliot, Arthur A. Shurcliff, Ellen Shipman, Beatrix Farrand.

10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 21, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education

Registration: Members $65; Non-members $75, including lunch. Register before April 30 and receive a 10% early bird discount!

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Approved by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers for continuing education credit.


Lucinda Brockway, Director of Cultural Resources for the Trustees of  Reservations Ms. Brockway will speak on: “Preserve the Past, Inspire the Future” addressing approaches to preserving, planning, rejuvenating and maintaining historic landscapes of various scales and time periods, including developing master plans and collaborative partnerships for historic sites, museums, parks and estates. Ms. Brockway is responsible for cultural landscapes, collections, archives and other cultural resources throughout The Trustees’ 25,000 acres and 112 properties across Massachusetts. She and her staff have recently supervised the restoration of Castle Hill’s Grand Allee & Casino and the Fletcher Steele gardens at Naumkeag.  She serves as an instructor of landscape preservation for the National Preservation Institute and is the author of two books,Gardens of the New Republic: Fashioning the Landscapes of High Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts and A Favorite Place of Resort for Strangers: The Kings Garden at Fort Ticonderoga.

Keith Morgan, Director of Architectural Studies, Boston University; Mr. Morgan plans to speak about Charles Eliot, a pioneer of regional planning who played a central role in shaping the Boston Metropolitan Park System and who  laid the conceptual and political groundwork for the first statewide land conservancy in the country.

Judith Tankard, landscape historian, author, and preservation consultant; Ms. Tankard’s talk is entitled: Designing Women, the work of Ellen Shipman and Beatrix Farrand. Ms. Tankard’s publications include Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House GardenBeatrix Farrand: Private Gardens, Public Landscapes (Honor Book for the 2010 Historic New England Book Prize); A Place of Beauty: The Artists and Gardens of the Cornish Colony (Quill and Trowell Award from the Garden Writers Association in 2001); The Gardens of Ellen Biddle Shipman (1998 book award from the American Horticultural Society)

Nancy Taylor, Landscape Architect, Innocenti & Webel, Locust Valley, NY;Ms. Taylor, a member of the renowned landscape architecture firm that Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb consulted when planning the museum, will serve on a panel and speak about the firm’s history with Mrs. Webb.

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