DGM Bicentennial Committee

To date, eight New Haven-based organizations have come together to create this Celebration honoring Donald Grant Mitchell and others may join in. Currently events and activities are being planned by

  • The New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL)
  • The New Haven Preservation Trust (NHPT)
  • The New Haven Museum & Historical Society (NHM&HS)
  • Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  • Westville Village Renaissance Alliance (WVRA)
  • The Friends of Edgewood Park (FOEP)
  • The Friends of East Rock Park (FERP)
  • Broken Umbrella Theater


The Donald Grant Mitchell Bicentennial Committee seeks “to address the need for a collaborative series of public events & activities to celebrate the 200th birthday of Donald Grant Mitchell, acclaimed 19th century author and landscape architect, whose talents and efforts contributed much to the establishment & design of the New Haven Parks System, greatly enhancing the city’s attractiveness and livability.”


Donald Grant Mitchell — a 19th century highly-esteemed & popular New Haven-based literary and environmental icon, but now a forgotten historical figure — will once again be recognized, appreciated and celebrated for his visionary foresight, talented creative contributions and unheralded leadership in facilitating greater accessibility, preservation and enhancement of New Haven’s natural attributes with the creation and design of much of the NH Parks system.

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