Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS)

2022 HALS Challenge: Olmsted Landscapes

The Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) was created in 2000 to document our country’s significant landscapes. Much progress has been made in identifying cultural landscapes but more work is needed to document these designed and vernacular places.

2022 marks the 13th annual Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) Challenge. It also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, social reformer and founder of American landscape architecture. In celebration and acknowledgement of this important event, the National Park Service, alongside the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP), is pleased to announce this year’s contest — 2022 HALS Challenge: Olmsted Landscapes.

Olmsted 200 encourages everyone to participate in the challenge, using the master list of design projects to find nearby Olmsted landscapes in need of documentation. Sites designed or planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, his firm, and the firm continued by his sons, John Charles Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., are eligible.

The HALS Short Format History guidelines and digital template may be downloaded from the National Park Service’s HALS website. Short format histories should be submitted by July 31, 2022.

In addition to the traditional cash prizes, NAOP will also be awarding three framed certificates. Learn more about the contest and the submission process.

Learn more about Olmsted 200 and Frederick Law Olmsted.

Good luck and thank you for helping to preserve American landscapes!

For further information contact:

HALS Landscape Architect Chris Stevens  (chris_stevens@nps.gov) or Potomac Chapter HALS Liaison Juliet Swanson (julietlswanson@gmail.com).