Horace William Shaler Cleveland and Me at the Library

The temperature will rise just enough on Saturday to allow you out to hear me speak on my favorite subject: Horace William Shaler Cleveland, the landscape architect who shaped the Minneapolis and St. Paul park systems in the 19th Century and beyond.

Come to the Minneapolis Central Library at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 6 to hear the latest on the surprising life and career of “Professor” Cleveland. I’ve travelled the country for the last three years piecing together the life of this remarkable man who helped shape our thinking on urban parks.

Update: I’m making progress on editing and reorganizing the 270-plus entries on this blog over the last several years, so I hope to re-post most of them in the near future. Until then, we can catch up at the library on Saturday afternoon. Hope to see you there. There should be plenty of time to consider any other park-related topics or questions you might have.

David C. Smith


8 comments so far

  1. Mark on

    The wikpedia article is going to be on the front page as a Did you know…. I thought the hook would be #1 by the TPL for 5 in a row, but the consensus was something else. January 25 for 12 hours, so check a couple of times. I’ll report back if there is a spike in views. So get your edits in now.

  2. Karen Cooper on

    I too am unavailable and bereft about it. Would HHM (for example) host you doing a reprise? I am sure your talk will be excitingly informative.

    • David C. Smith on

      I find it exciting, but can’t speak for anyone else. There will be never-published-anywhere secrets. We’ll miss you

  3. Alexander Adams on

    I’ll be there!

  4. Tom Balcom on

    David – We just arrived in Florida for our 3 month retreat from winter. I’m really sorry that I’ll miss your talk this Saturday. I hope you’ll be doing more of them in 2018. Is there a book in the making here? I think you already know this, but Cleveland was the landscape architect who laid out the streets and lots of Washburn Park in 1886 (now known as Tangletown). I’m pretty sure he composed the narrative that went with map, promoting the area as “a suburban retreat” for “men of business” to get away from the crowded neighborhoods of the city.

    I hope your talk goes well.



    • David C. Smith on

      Thanks, Tom. Enjoy the sun. I’ll be doing much more on Cleveland in the coming year I hope.

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