The Extraordinary History of Mitchell Park!

The Extraordinary History of Mitchell Park!

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Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

524 South Layton Boulevard

Milwaukee, WI 53215

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The Extraordinary History of Mitchell Park: explore the fascinating history behind one of Milwaukee's oldest public spaces.

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Join us on August 27th at 1pm to learn about the layers of significant history in one of Milwaukee's most storied landscapes. Learn about the site's indigenous origins, settlement as Milwaukee's first trading post, development as a private park, and eventual acquisition in the late 1890s as one of Milwaukee's earliest public parks. We will explore the intact pastoral design by Warren H. Manning, a nationally renowned colleague of Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed the now-demised sunken garden.

Park in the main parking lot near the Domes. Gather on the plaza near the Domes Annex (just south of the Domes entrance).

Virginia Small is an award-winning independent journalist who writes about parks and other landscapes, urbanism and historic preservation issues, and environmental topics. She conducts tours of historic landscapes and has presented lectures about landscape history at state and local conferences. The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects honored her in 2019 with its Visibility Award for increasing awareness of the landscape architecture profession.

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