Thank you to Mecanics' Hall for inviting us to partner on this event!

Join us for an exciting discussion and book launch with local Maine author Jeff Ryan:

To reserve your spot, visit Mechanics' Hall's Eventbrite page HERE

Jeff Ryan’s new book, This Land Was Saved for You and Me, traces the path from Frederick Law Olmsted’s first wanderings in Yosemite in 1864 to the signing of The Wilderness Act a century later. Along the way, we meet well-known advocates for America’s lands and waters, but importantly, we also meet many lesser-known people who gave their all to protect forests and wilderness areas before they would be gone forever. This Land will make its Maine debut at our event and books will be available for purchase and signing.

During the talk, Jeff will ask “What made Olmsted, Olmsted?” and explore the idea that Olmsted’s varied career and artist’s eye led him to develop a sensibility about maintaining landscapes while minimizing manmade structures. This program is in partnership with the Portland Parks Conservancy.

Native Mainer Jeff Ryan is an outdoor author, adventurer, photographer, and historian. He has written several books and documentary films about his outdoor exploits, his fascination with hiking trails, and the people who made America’s public lands possible.


To ensure the safety of our staff, guests, and community, and under the direction of our Board, Mechanics’ Hall requires proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 (or an appropriately time-stamped negative COVID-19 test) for all persons attending our events until further notice. Masking is strongly recommended, and we reserve the right to require all persons to be masked based on current Covid-19 data. Please see our programming page for more details, or email us at

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Mechanics' Hall
914 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
This Land Was Saved for You and Me: How Gifford Pinchot, Frederick Law Olmsted, and a Band of Foresters Rescued America's Public Lands By Jeffrey H. Ryan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780811771665
Availability: On Our Shelves Now: Please call ahead to be sure inventory is not being held for other customers.
Published: Stackpole Books - September 1st, 2022