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U of M College of Design to document the lives and times of Minnesota's landscape architects

Project is in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects

January 26, 2011

The University of Minnesota College of Design is teaming up with the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects to gather an oral history of the stories of Minnesota’s leading landscape architects from the second half of the 20th century.

The project will collect oral histories that record not only the lives of local landscape architects that have influenced their profession, but will also tell how the Minnesota landscape, environment and overall public good have been enhanced by landscape architects over the past 60 years. The histories will be archived with the Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries.

The project, made possible through a grant from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Fund, began in December 2010, with an anticipated completion date of June 2011.

A public panel discussion, “The Founders: A Panel Discussion about the Evolution of the Department of Landscape Architecture,” will take place 6 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the University of Minnesota’s Rapson Hall, auditorium, 89 Church St., Minneapolis. It will feature university faculty Herb Baldwin, Roger Martin, Roger Clemence and Peter Olin, who will discuss the early days of the college’s Department of Landscape Architecture and reflections on the impact that landscape architects have had throughout the state.

The event is free and open to the public. To register and for more information, visit

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