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An Original WNED-TV Production

Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m.

Frederick Law Olmsted, America's first and best-known landscape architect, left a lasting legacy here in Western New York. His innovative parks are still enjoyed today and make our community a beautiful place to live and visit. Visit the stories behind his three most significant projects in Western New York: the Buffalo Parks System, the Free Niagara movement and the Richardson Olmsted Complex, and explore the future of his legacy in our region.

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“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” airs Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s first and best-known landscape architect, created an enduring legacy in Western New York. Perhaps best known for his design of New York City’s Central Park, Olmsted had a powerful and lasting influence on our community.

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York,” airing Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV, is a one-hour original WNED-TV production that captures the architect’s impact throughout Western New York. The program includes documentary segments that capture the history and context for Olmsted’s contributions and interviews with local experts that focus on how that legacy is being carried into the future.

“Frederick Law Olmsted’s innovative landscape architecture was instrumental in shaping many areas of Western New York,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED | WBFO president and CEO. “It’s amazing that over 100 years later, residents can still enjoy his creations and want to know more about the person who helped make our area such a beautiful place to live.”

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” provides a contemporary perspective on Olmsted’s continuing Western New York legacy by examining the current status of the Buffalo Park System, the restoration of Olmsted’s vision for Goat Island at Niagara Falls and the rebirth of what has become known as the Richardson Olmsted Complex.

“The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy is the proud steward of Mr. Olmsted’s legacy in maintaining the nation’s first urban park system,” said Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy interim executive director Stephanie Crockatt. “We are committed to partnering with the City of Buffalo in keeping this treasure maintained for its historic integrity, while providing healthy, beautiful spaces for the hundreds of thousands who visit and enjoy the parks year-round.”  

The program includes interviews with Crockatt; Monica Pellegrino Faix, executive director, Richardson Olmsted Complex; Mark Thomas, director, Western District, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” is funded by the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.

About WNED | WBFO

Through WNED-TV, ThinkBright and Well/WORLD TV, Classical 94.5 WNED and WBFO-FM 88.7, member-supported WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto provides high-quality programming and services to local, regional and national audiences that enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate Western New York and Southern Ontario communities. Additional information about WNED ǀ WBFO can be found at wned.org

 

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:36

Focus on Education - Student Voices

(Bottom row, left to right: Brian Meyer, WBFO News Director; Daija Jones, Mount St. Mary Academy; Damario Burks, Hutchinson Central Technical High School; Myshaleek Harris, Math, Science, Technology Preparatory High School. Top row, left to right: Dan Wilczewski, Global Concepts Charter High School; Richard Bell, Kenmore East High School; Joshue Cruz, Riverside Institute of Technology; India Hector, Leonardo Da Vinci High School.)

 

"Focus on Education: Student Voices" premieres Monday, May 18 at 9 p.m. on WNED-TV.

(repeats May 23 at 2:30 a.m., May 27 at 10 p.m., and May 28 at 12:30 a.m.)

In education reform, we consistently hear from state and local leaders, school boards and district superintendents on change and student performance. Many times students are not directly asked what their concerns are or the challenges they face in meeting these expectations. WNED | WBFO hosted 42 students from 13 area high schools to discuss their concerns. From these discussions, it was determined that the three most prevalent concerns of the students were personal matters and peer relationships, family and home environment, and existing school support systems.

WNED | WBFO invited back seven of these students to share their stories and insights with classmates, staff and the viewing audience on Student Voices, a WNED-TV production. Program hosts, WBFO News Director, Brian Meyer, and Senior Reporter, Eileen Buckley explore what students are saying about their daily struggles in and out of school. Individuals, organizations, and communities share the responsibility of creating an appropriate environment for young people to succeed and thrive. How can our community provide support and guide youth in becoming successful, productive adults?

The students shared their concerns with those who can help. In addition to the high school students on the panel and in our audience, four local student and family advocates and professionals – George Bushey, Depew High School; Aundrea Sanders, Buffalo Public Schools; Janet Cerra, Kenmore-Tonawanda; and Lamont Williams, Hillside Family Services - provide feedback and perspective on the student, peer, family, and school environments that exist today.  The community will hear directly from student panelists, their classmates and others in the audience to explore concerns and offer insights for change. The hope is to not only bring issues of concern from students to the forefront, but to seek resolution, offer next step scenarios and empower each person attending to take something back to their school and community for change.

 

Participating high schools are: Bishop Timon St. Jude High School, Burgard High School, Cheektowaga Central High School, Depew High School, Global Concepts Charter School, Hutchinson Central Technical High School, Kenmore East High School, Kenmore West High School, Leonardo Da Vinci High School, Math, Science, Technology Preparatory School, Mount St. Mary Academy, Riverside Institute of Technology, St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, and St. Mary’s of Lancaster High School.

 

 

 

 

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #StudentVoicesWBFO 

and visit the Focus on Education website for program stories at: www.wbfo.org

 

 

This town hall is made possible in part by

the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate Let’s Make it Happen Initiative.

 

 

 

Published in Outreach & Education

 

A new WNED-TV production, premieres Monday, May 4 at 9 p.m.

(repeats May 9 at 2:30 a.m. and May 10 at 3 p.m.)


Frederick Law Olmsted, America’s first and best-known landscape architect, created an enduring legacy in Western New York. Perhaps best known for his design of New York City’s Central Park, Olmsted had a powerful and lasting influence on Western New York.

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” is a one-hour original WNED-TV production that captures the architect’s impact throughout Western New York. The program includes documentary segments that capture the history and context for Olmsted’s contributions and interviews with local experts that focus on how that legacy is being carried into the future.


Olmsted designed the Buffalo Park System, the first of its kind in the world. Buffalo is where Olmsted first coined the term “parkways” to describe the grand tree-lined boulevards that connected the three parks within the system.

While he was working in Buffalo, Olmsted visited Niagara Falls and was troubled by what he saw. Factories lined the rapids, and fences blocked the best views and allowed the charging of admission to see the falls. Olmsted’s support for the Free Niagara movement led to Niagara Falls becoming America’s first state park.

One of Olmsted’s allies in the Free Niagara movement was renowned architect H.H. Richardson. In 1880, Richardson completed work on the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, one of the best examples in America of the Richardson Romanesque architectural style. Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux designed the landscape for the 203-acre site.


“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” tells the story of all three of these Olmsted contributions. The program also provides a contemporary perspective on Olmsted’s enduring Western New York legacy by examining the current status of the Buffalo Park System, the restoration of Olmsted’s vision for Goat Island at Niagara Falls and the rebirth of what has become known as the Richardson Olmsted Complex.

The program includes interviews with Stephanie Crockatt, interim executive director, Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy; Monica Pellegrino Faix, executive director, Richardson Olmsted Complex; Mark Thomas, director, Western District, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

 

 

Find video, essays and classroom resources at www.pbs.org/wned/frederick-law-olmsted/home/ 

 
Watch a 2 minute preview of "Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York"

 

“Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York” is funded by the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.

 

 

 

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“Making a Difference” airs Monday, Feb. 2 at 9 p.m.; Seeking nominations for 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Last January, WNED | WBFO Buffalo-Toronto launched an initiative to recognize everyday citizens of Western New York who are committed to making a positive impact in their communities. “Making a Difference” was created to capture the stories of true champions who dedicate their time to worthy causes, emphasize the importance of volunteerism and encourage others to step in and lend a helping hand. The response was overwhelming, as over 300 nominations were received for this recognition.

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