Robert R. Page
Foundation director for the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation
Posted September 2007
"People are able to learn from the resources we set aside." For Robert Page, a 1984 graduate of ESF's LA program, the work of preserving the nation's past for future generations led him to the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation where he serves as foundation director.
As part of the National Park Service, the center serves to strengthen park management of cultural landscapes. Page provides technical assistance to historic properties in cultural landscape preservation. He is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing a comprehensive cultural landscape preservation program for the Northeast Region of the National Park Service. Through research, planning, stewardship, education and technology development he ensures that today's national treasures are there tomorrow.
"We provide guidance in management of landscapes so they are available for people to enjoy. By revealing the full story of a property our work helps us and others understand history."
It's not just Civil War battlefields and presidential homes that have benefited from Page's expertise. The center hosts training sessions and conferences and offers publications for landscape preservationists.
"When I originally started in preservation it was a relatively new program." Today all agencies are more interested and more aware about landscape preservation in an urban setting," he said.
"The idea of preserving significant places for the ability to understand and learn from them is what intrigued me."