News and Current Happenings
Two articles I've written for the on-line Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia have recently been published. One is about the Fairmount Water Works, the other, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Read them at philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/fairmount-water-works/ and
I'm currently at work on a co-authored book with Therese Dolan, tentatively entitled Salut! France Meets Philadelphia. It's intended to be a thorough exploration of the French social, political, and artistic contributions to the city from the colonial period to the present.
Abstract Artists of Bucks County, group exhibition, Centre for the Arts, Bristol, Pa., September 17-October 3, 2017.
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City in a Park: A History of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park
System, co-author with James McClelland, Temple University Press,
Latest readings/book-signings/interviews (2016):
The Cosmopolitan Club, 1616 Latimer St., Philadelphia, Pa., February 23, 6:00
The Acorn Club, 1519 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pa., February 25, 11:30
Philadelphia Flower Show, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Broad and Cherry Streets, Philadelphia, Pa., March 8, 4:00
Barnes and Noble, Cherry Hill, NJ, April 16
Holy Family University, Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, May 6, 7:00
Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent, S. 7th St., Philadelphia, PA, May 18, 5:30
Union League, Benson Table, Broad and Sansom Sts., Philadelphia, PA, June 15, noon
Friends of the Wissahickon, Falls of Schuylkill Library, 3501 Midvale Ave., Philadelphia, PA, June 15, 6:30
Weavers Way Co-op, 559 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA,
June 30, 7:00
William Way Center, Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA,July 19,
Waverly Heights, Ardmore, PA, July 28, 4:30
Franklin Inn Club, 205 S. Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA, December 1, 1:00
"Nowhere are [Philadelphia's] advantages more clear than in a new book by . . . James McClelland and Lynn Miller. The book, 'City in a Park,' shows how William Penn's vision for a 'greene countrie towne' evolved, not as he imagined it but as a metropolis." Bridget Wingert, "Happy to Be Here," Bucks County Herald, November 12, 2015, p. A11.
"Richly illustrated and lyrically composed, this remarkably detailed and extensively researched beautiful book explores the nature, 200-year history and extensive reach of Philadelphia's municipal park system." Richard de Wyngaert, "On Our Shelf," Society Hill Reporter,November/December 2015, p. 17
"City in a Park . . . is more than just a coffee-table book--it's a guide to the hidden treasures of one of the largest landscaped urban parks in the world. . . . It's the perfect gift for history buffs--or keep it for yourself and experience the park in a whole new way." Philly Style Magazine, December 2015, p. 142
"Encyclopedic in its reach and thoughtful in its composition, City in a Park unfolds the history of Phildelphia's expansive, sometimes surprising municipal park against the backdrop of recent and ongoing grand renewals." Haywood Brewster, Philadelphia Free Press, December 2, 2015, p. 1
"A new book . . . landed on our desk recently with a resounding thud. City in a Park is a thick and terrific compendium of everything that's in our city's biggest green space and how it came to be." Sandy Hingston, "10 Things You Never Knew About the Fairmount Park Mansions," www.phillymag.com/news/2015/12/02/Fairmount-park-mansions.
"Here are 11 things . . . about the nation's first zoo, courtesy of (again) James McClelland and Lynn Miller's new book, City in a Park , www.phillymag.com/news/2015/12/22/phiadelphia-zoo-facts.
"McClelland and Miller's text is crystal clear and comprehensive, covering the story of America's largest urban park, from its origin at the founding of Philadelphia in 1682 to the expansive green jewel it has become today. . . . The authors deftly knit these stories together in 18 chapters that go beyond telling how Philadelphia became enveloped in a park by explaining how the evolution of the American city came to be expressed in Fairmount's naturalist landscapes, historic structures and public art. If you have a shelf of books about Philadelphia, City in a Park needs to be on it." Kevin Patrick, Pennsylvania Heritage, Spring 2016, p. 39.
"Philadelphia's Fairmount Park system is one of the largest urban spaces in the U.S. covering almost 11,000 acres and straddling the Schuylkill River. In both size and intent, it stands in contrast to its better-known counterparts in New York City.
"Yet until James McClelland and Lynn Miller wrote a new book, City in a Park . . . , there has been no comprehensive accounting of its creation, maintenance (or not), and its future. The authors tell the tale in an engaging fashion, though each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of the system and can easily be read in isolation from the larger narrative.
McClelland and Miller's book will serve as the perfect guide to the vast expanse of greenery and offers an alternative prescription for public parks than those traditionally hailed 19th century classics." Jake Blumgart, Planning Magazine, May 1, 2016.
"Focusing on the history of Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, the authors . . . chronicle, with stunning photographs accompanying the narrative, the continuing efforts to create what founder William Penn sought, a 'greene countrie town.'" Len Lear, Chestnut Hill Local, June 13, 2016.
"Fairmount Park . . . (makes for) quite a story, and it's all here, accompanied by 150 really great photos. . . .This should be on every coffee table in Philly." Frank Wilson, "Books Worth a Look," Philadelphia Inquirer, December 15, 2016, pp. C1-2.
"This is a chatty and lavishly illustrated volume that will enhance anyone's coffee table. In chapters that combine a historic overview with focused accounts of such topics as recreational activities, transportation, historic houses, and public art, the authors offer helpful information about Philadelphia's incomparable park system." Elizabeth Milroy, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, CXLI, 1 (January 2017), pp. 101-2.
Crossing the Line
Interview, "Lynn Miller: A Renaissance Man from Kansas Writes a
Philadelphia Story," Wild River Review, December 2010
for reader reviews
Go to www.sanfranciscobookreview.com for a five-star review of
Crossing the Line
Go to www.philly.com for a review by Victoria Donohoe,
"Bucks painters at Muse," Philadelphia Inquirer (August 12, 2011)
Paintings in Artsbridge Member Exhibitions, Stockton, NJ, 2004-2015
Two paintings, Show Some HeART Exhibit, Lower Bucks County
Community College Art Gallery, Bristol, PA, January-March, 2014;
"Art Days," Abstract Artists of Bucks County at Doylestown Book Shop,
Doylestown, PA. June 5-8, 2014; June 4-7, 2015
One painting, New Hope Art League Juried Show, New Hope, PA;
May 14-25, 2015
Abstract Artists of Bucks County, group exhibition, The Conservatory,
Doylestown, PA; October 4-25, 2015
Two paintings, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Rochester, NH;
One painting, 153rd Annual Exhibition of Small Oil Paintings,
the Philadelphia Sketch Club, April 8-30, 2016
Abstract Artists of Bucks County, group exhibition, Centre for the Arts,
Bristol, PA; September 22-October 13, 2016