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Natural Vistas: Chicago's Heirloom Landscapes

A special event celebrating landscape history, including Chicago's own Graceland Cemetery.

Natural Vistas

A Special Program
June 19
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Fairchild Room
Robert E. Grese, Darrel Morrison, and Christopher Vernon
$25 nonmember; members receive 20% discount

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Hear the story of Chicago’s rich landscape legacy— including the work of the legendary designer Jens Jensen—in a special event featuring the world premiere of Designing in the Prairie Spirit, a film by Hott Productions of Florentine Films. The evening will begin with landscape historian Christopher Vernon and landscape architect Robert Grese reflecting on their research for two new books from Library of American Landscape History, Graceland Cemetery: A Design History and The Native Landscape Reader. A highlight of our discussion will be Graceland Cemetery, regarded as one of the most influential landscapes in the Midwest. The evening will conclude with Darrel Morrison hosting a showing of the new documentary film, which explores the impact of the prairie spirit on his own work. This event is partially underwritten by the Library of American Landscape History and forms a part of the sesquicentennial celebration of the founding of Graceland Cemetery. Books will be available for purchase and signing.