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OcTOURber: Past and Present in Fairmount Park

One of the unique features of what we now call Fairmount Park (the East and West Parks on the Schuylkill) is how much of the past remains — historic houses and vistas, even the footprint of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.


Friday, October 30, 2020


12:00pm - 1:00pm

Join Elizabeth Milroy, PhD, an expert on the history of Philadelphia’s green spaces, for a lunchtime webinar (12-1pm on 10/30) to learn about how efforts to preserve noteworthy structures as well as important riparian landscapes drove much of Fairmount Park’s formation.

Elizabeth Milroy has been Professor and Department Head of Art & Art History at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design of Drexel University since September, 2015. Prior to this, she was the Zoë and Dean Pappas Curator of Education, Public Programs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; from 1988 to 2013, she taught at Wesleyan University in Connecticut where she is Professor Emerita in Art History and American Studies. Dr. Milroy received a BA (Honours) degree from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario, an MA degree from William’s College and the PhD in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, where she wrote her dissertation on Thomas Eakins’s artistic training.

Professor Milroy’s research focuses on the history of cultural spaces, specifically public parks and historic sites in the city of Philadelphia. Her 2016 book, The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876 (Penn State University Press) was awarded the 2017 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.

This event is part of OcTOURber in Fairmount Park; 5 themes over 5 weeks of self guided tours through East and West Fairmount Park created by Fairmount Park Conservancy. Learn more here.