Alice Austen House


11/16/192:00pm– 4:00pm

Farming on Staten Island: From Dr. Akerly to Frederick Law Olmsted with Pat Salmon

Farming has long been a part of Staten Island's history from the time of the Lenape through the currently active Decker, Gericke and Snug Harbor Farms. Join us to learn about the fascinating history of Olmsted-Beil House and its long connection to farming and agriculture that continue on Staten Island to this day. (Fresh produce from local farms to be offered as light refreshments following the lecture.)

Event Hosted by Friends of Olmsted-Beil House

11/23/19– 11/24/19

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

Jump Start your holiday shopping at the Alice Austen House. Don't go big box or online when you can find unique gifts from Staten Island's finest arts and crafts professionals at our holiday fair. 

12/7/192:00pm– 4:00pm

Frederick Law Olmsted – At Home on Staten Island a Talk by Justin Martin

Frederick Law Olmsted spent a handful of years as a Staten Island farmer. But that’s merely one chapter in the life of a man who was, among other things, a journalist, abolitionist, and pioneering landscape architect. Olmsted followed his own idiosyncratic path to greatness. During the talk Martin will connect the disparate pieces of Olmsted’s life, showing how his Staten Island interlude (1848-1855) was crucial to his assorted endeavors, most particularly his masterpiece, Central Park.


Justin Martin’s specialty is American history, meticulously researched, but delivered in a narrative style that’s akin to fiction. He’s the author of five critically acclaimed books including Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted. His other titles have covered topics ranging from America’s first Bohemian artists to Antietam, a pivotal Civil War battle. Martin’s articles have appeared in publications across the country including the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Lawrence (KS) Journal World. Martin is a 1987 graduate of Rice University in Houston, Texas. He lives with his wife and twin sons in Forest Hills Gardens, a landmark NYC neighborhood designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr..

Event hosted by Friends of Olmstead-Beil House