Monday, June 12, 6:00 pm – A Description of the New York Central Park

A Description of the New York Central Park by Clarence C. Cook, issued in 1869, is recognized as the most important book about the park to appear during its early years. This work has been republished with a new Introduction by Maureen Meister that reveals the roles of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the creation of the book, which served in part to champion their vision for a major public park–a park that would become a model for the nation. For more information, see

Maureen will speak at The Gibson House Museum on Monday, June 12, with a reception at 6 and talk beginning at 6:30. $10 for Gibson House members, $12 for nonmembers. Please pre-register at or 617-267-6338.

Maureen Meister is an art historian who has taught for many years at Boston-area universities including Tufts, Lesley, and Northeastern. She is the author of Arts and Crafts Architecture: History and Heritage in New England and Architecture and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Boston: Harvard’s H. Langford Warren and is the editor of H. H. Richardson: The Architect, His Peers, and Their Era.