Founding Planters: James Arnold, Benjamin Bussey, and the Birth of the Arnold Arboretum


Wednesday, July 28, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm



Join us online to hear the stories of how the philanthropy of Benjamin Bussey and James Arnold created and shaped the Arnold Arboretum, leaving a legacy of precious open space for the City of Boston and all to enjoy. These two foundational gifts not only established the Arboretum we know today, but also launched it as an institution within Harvard University and the City of Boston that is now almost entirely funded by present—and past—philanthropy. Lisa E. Pearson, Head of the Library and Archives, will share a historical perspective, with Ned Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum following to offer his vision for expanding the vibrancy and relevancy of the Arboretum into the next century.

To close, Tanya Rotolo, Harvard’s Assistant Director of Planned Giving, will provide information on planned giving strategies and resources available for creating new legacies for the Arboretum's future.

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