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Sept. 28: Park service historian speaks on park roads legacy

By Erik Gomez, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

tim-davis-webPULLMAN, Wash. – A National Park Service senior historian will give a free, public talk about landscape design, engineering and the American legacy of national park roads at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Cleveland Hall 30E at Washington State University as part of the Callison Distinguished Lecture series.

Drawing on photography, ethnography, history and cultural geography, Timothy Davis interprets the relationships between people and the places they construct and inhabit, both physically and imaginatively.

His recent book, “National Park Roads: A Legacy in the American Landscape” (University of Virginia Press, 2016), is accessible to the general public yet rich with information for engineers, planners, landscape architects and other professionals.

It is “a work of lasting value, with no book remotely on its scale or in its class,” according to John Stilgoe, Harvard University’s Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape. He lauded it as “a major study of importance not only to Americans but to anyone interested in public access to regions of scenic, historical or ecological significance.”

The 2016 Callison Distinguished Lecture series is sponsored by the WSU School of Design and Construction and generously supported by CallisonRTKL, an architecture, design, planning and engineering firm.


Phil Gruen, director, WSU School of Design and Construction, 509 335-2309,


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