Role of ISU and Landscape Architecture Department in State Park Development
The Iowa State University Library Special Collections and University Archives’ (SCUA) new exhibition, “‘This movement for a more beautiful Iowa:’ The Early Years of Iowa’s State Park System,” opens May 17 and will run through the end of 2017 on the fourth floor of Parks Library.
Iowa State played a central role in establishing the state park system, and the state of Iowa soon became a leader in the effort to form a similar organization nationwide. The SCUA exhibition highlights Iowa State’s role in the state park movement and includes luminaries such as botanists Louis Pammel and Ada Hayden, forester G. B. MacDonald and landscape architect John Fitzsimmons.
As a complement to the SCUA exhibition, Heidi Hohmann, associate professor of landscape architecture, will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in the Farwell T. Brown Auditorium at the Ames Public Library. Hohmann’s lecture will focus on the influence and role that ISU and the Department of Landscape Architecture played in the development of state parks in Iowa and national parks in the 1930s.