A new WNED-TV production - 

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 the full 30-minute program,

"Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Western New York"



Watch "Buffalo's Richardson Olmsted Complex"

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” is funded by the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.




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“The Klondike Gold Rush” to air Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST on PBS

WNED-TV Buffalo-Toronto presents a new historical documentary, “The Klondike Gold Rush coming to PBS Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. EST (check local listings). The film explores the history, hope and hardship in search of fortune in Canada’s Yukon Territory.

Published in Individual Shows
Monday, 20 October 2014 14:47

Splash Test

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Published in Master Parameter
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 13:34

HSBC Water Programme



HSBC Water Programme - companion to "If Our Water Could Talk"

For HSBC, being sustainable means managing our business across the world for the long term. That means achieving sustainable profits for our shareholders, building long-lasting relationships with customers, valuing our highly committed employees, respecting environmental limits and investing in communities.

Protecting and preserving the environment is a key focus of our philanthropic and volunteer efforts. We are committed to finding ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce our impact on the environment and make our communities healthier places to live. We support varied initiatives and organizations that focus on environmental policy development, public awareness and education, and scientific research to improve the sustainability and resilience of eco-systems. 

Water is critical to eco-systems, and water is a huge and growing global challenge. It is essential to all human activity and a fundamental driver of socio-economic growth but, as a resource, it is under strain from population growth, development and climate change. It is because water is vital to building healthy communities and developing national economies that HSBC has chosen to invest its time and resources in the HSBC Water Programme. Launched in 2012 and backed by an investment of US$100 million over five years, the HSBC Water Programme is a partnership with three NGOs – WWF (World Wildlife Fund), WaterAid and Earthwatch. The programme will benefit communities in need and provide information for more efficient management of vital freshwater resources. To learn more, visit thewaterhub.org.


Published in Water Talk

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WNED ǀ WBFO to Begin Multifaceted Initiative Focusing on Area Waterways
“If Our Water Could Talk” seeking photos of local waterways for television event and website.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – More than 22 percent of the city of Buffalo is water and the region lies within the largest fresh water system in the world. The abundance of fresh water is one of Western New York’s greatest resources.  WNED ǀ WBFO Buffalo-Toronto is introducing a multimedia project, “If Our Water Could Talk,” which will go in-depth into our area’s most valuable resource – water.

“Very few cities in our country have the rich waterfront heritage that Buffalo is fortunate to have,” said Donald K. Boswell, WNED ǀ WBFO president and CEO. “The goal of this initiative is to bring vital topics of information and conversation surrounding water resources to the forefront.”

“If Our Water Could Talk” will include a television documentary and additional discussion on WNED-TV airing Monday, May 12 at 9 p.m., radio reports on WBFO-FM 88.7, educational materials, an extensive companion website and community engagement. WNED ǀ WBFO plans in-depth coverage over a period of time about critical water issues including conservation, environmental cleanup, community and public access, commercial and industrial development and economic growth.

“Our water defined our history and it will define our future,” said Jill Jedlicka, executive director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

WNED ǀ WBFO is currently seeking area water photos from the public to possibly be used in the upcoming television event and on the project website, wned.org/ifourwatercouldtalk. Photos can be submitted through social media using the hashtag #wnywater.

“People love the renaissance,” said Peg Overdorf, executive director of Buffalo River Fest Park, LLC.
“Everybody’s got a new hope for Buffalo and it’s all about water.”

Funding for “If Our Water Could Talk” is provided by HSBC and Honeywell. With additional funding from The Joy Family Foundation and Lawley Insurance.


Facebook: Send your best photos of area waterways for WNED ǀ WBFO’s “If Our Water Could Talk” using the hashtag #wnywater!  http://bit.ly/1lhqzNu

Twitter:  Send your best photos of area waterways for @WNEDTV ǀ @WBFO’s “If Our Water Could Talk!” Use the hashtag #wnywater http://bit.ly/1lhqzNu

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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