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Charles A. Birnbaum is coordinator of the National Park Service Historic Landscape Initiative in Washington, D.C., and the founder of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. He is the coeditor of Pioneers of American Landscape Design and Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture I and II. Mary V. Hughes is University Landscape Architect for the University of Virginia, where she also serves as a lecturer in the Department of Landscape Architecture. In addition, with Peter Hatch of Monticello, she is codirector of the Historic Landscape Institute.
"This anthology, written by a number of distinguished scholars, breaks new ground in focusing on a major, yet generally neglected, chapter in the legacy of landscape architectural practice in the United States. Equally important, the content addresses a long overlooked aspect of the historic preservation movement, bringing home the importance of knowing that movement's past in the pursuit of high professional standards today. For practitioners and historians alike, this is an invaluable book." - Richard Longstreth, George Washington University; "This collection of fresh essays is a valuable contribution to an expanding literature about what must be considered the most complex and contested social product, our landscape - especially that which is deemed historically significant. The sweep from colonial origins to Appalachian farms, from scenic wilderness and missions of the West to the nation's capital, the little known stories behind the origins of our heritage and conservation organizations and many of our first and most meaningful parks will be of interest to laymen, students, and professionals alike. I wish this book had been written thirty years ago." - Laurie Olin, landscape architect and educator"