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  Photo Albums:
The Beginning of a Friendship: John Muir and Joseph LeConte
Centennial Photo Album
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Including high-res photos
 
  Downloads:
LeConte Memorial Lodge - First Permanent Visitor Center in Yosemite Valley & Home of the Sierra Club in Yosemite National Park (PDF) by Bonnie Gisel - from Yosemite Guide, May-June, 2012 (PDF)
LeConte Memorial - A Sierra Club Legacy by Elaine Gorman (PDF) (2012)
Memorial Fact Sheet (PDF)
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John Muir - Father of Our National Parks brochure
(PDF 2.5 MB )
Huell Howser Video
(Quicktime Movie 48 MB )
 
  Related:
Celebrating a Century of Slack-Jawed Awe
Make a Nature Journal
About Joseph LeConte
'Little Joe' Joseph N. LeConte
1896 Tribute to Dr. LeConte
John Muir Exhibit
Sierra Club History
Oher Sierra Club Lodges
Clair Tapaan Lodge
 
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Le Conte Memorial Lodge by Steven Finacom
NPS 1985 Theme Study
National Historic Landmark Program

Sierra Club Environmental Education Program
LeConte Memorial Lodge

Summer Programs for 2014

LeConte Lodge in evening

The Sierra Club sponsors regular evening and daytime programs at LeConte Memorial Lodge during the summer.

Programs held at the LeConte Memorial Lodge are indicated as "Bus Stop #12." Other programs held elsewhere in Yosemite Valley are indicated by appropriate bus stops.

PLEASE NOTE: Specific programs are subject to change or rescheduling. Please call ahead if you wish to attend a specific program. Seating for each program held at LeConte Memorial Lodge is limited to seating of 50 guests.

Summer Program Schedule 2014


In addition to these evening and scheduled daytime programs, LeConte Memorial Lodge is regularly open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

* Programs for Children and Families


PROGRAMS HELD IN LECONTE MEMORIAL LODGE ARE LIMITED TO SEATING 50 GUESTS.


ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. NO ADVANCE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE. TICKETS ARE DISTRIBUTED BEGINNING AT 7:15pm, ON THE EVENING OF THE PROGRAM.


MAY 2014

Friday May 2 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Pete Devine, Resident Naturalist, Yosemite Conservancy
"A Visit With Yosemite's First Park Ranger: Galen Clark"
Meet Galen Clark and hear about his life in Yosemite, the creation of the Yosemite Grant, and the challenges of being the first Yosemite Ranger. The Yosemite Grant celebrates its 150 birthday in 2014. Learn more about Clark's contribution and great appreciation for Yosemite.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

Saturday May 3 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1½hrs.
Jeremy Evans, Nature Photographer
"Hiking the John Muir Trail: Three Weeks of Stories, Photographs & Short Films"
Jeremy hiked the Muir Trail in Fall 2012. His program is full of insights, adventure, and amazing images of the High Sierra.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

Sunday May 4 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Tom Bopp, John Muir Historian, Celebrated Musician YNP, Wawona Hotel
"John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt in Yosemite: 1903"
Historical interpretation of the journey Muir and Roosevelt took into Yosemite. See Tom on YouTube and arrive at 7:45 pm for an entertaining preview.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

Friday May 9 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Larry Simon, Staff Member California Coastal Commission/LeConte Historian
"Joseph Nisbet LeConte: Exploring, Mapping & Photographing the High Sierra 1890 to 1930"
Learn more about Joseph N. LeConte, son of Dr. Joseph LeConte and second president of the Sierra Club, his family history and contribution to the High Sierra and Yosemite.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

Saturday May 10 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1½hrs.
John Dill, Yosemite National Park, Search & Rescue Ranger
"Search and Rescue in Yosemite"
A behind the scenes look at visitor safety and episodes in the rescue of visitors, hikers, and climbers.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
Friday May 16 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1¼hrs.
Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member
"American Indian Storytelling & Flute Demonstration"
Meet Ben. Listen to historic stories and flute music echo through LeConte Memorial.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

Saturday May 17 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Stephen Joseph, Landscape Photographer/Co-Author Nature's Beloved Son, Muir Woods Centennial Photographer
"Everything I Photograph: Yosemite, Muir Woods, Mt. Diablo, and Vasco Caves"
Stephen will discuss his career as a landscape photographer and share his photographs, including images of Yosemite, Muir Woods, Mt. Diablo, and Vasco Caves.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

FRIDAY MAY 23 NO PROGRAM
SATURDAY MAY 24 NO PROGRAM

FRIDAY MAY 30 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Michael Wurtz, Archivist, University of the Pacific, Holt Atherton Special Collection [Home of the John Muir Papers]
"John Muir & The Big Trees"
Michael will take us on a journey through Muir's study of the range of Giant Sequoia and Muir's vision for the Sierra Forests.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SATURDAY MAY 31 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Alice van Ommeren, Yosemite Historian, Author Yosemite's Historic Hotels and Camps
"La Casa Nevada"
There once was a hotel between Vernal and Nevada Falls. Alice will discuss her new book and share the importance of lodging to Yosemite National Park's history.
LJMITED TO 50 GUESTS

 

JUNE 2014

FRIDAY JUNE 6 - IN FRONT OF LML WEATHER PERMITTING. Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1¼hrs.
Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member
"American Indian Storytelling & Flute"
Meet Ben, listen to historic stories and flute music echo through LeConte Memorial.

SATURDAY JUNE 7 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker
"Along the John Muir Trail:"
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
FRIDAY JUNE 13 -Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1½hrs.
John Dill, Yosemite National Park Search & Rescue Ranger
"Search and Rescue in Yosemite"
A behind the scenes look at visitor safety and episodes in the rescue of visitors, hikers, and climbers.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
SATURDAY JUNE 14 - IN FRONT OF LML WEATHER PERMITTING/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Michael Bryant and Robin Pliskin, Northern California Musicians
"Concert & Sing Along with Music About Nature"
Fun For Everyone Who Loves to Sing: A Special Evening of Live Music [Song Book Provided]

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
FRIDAY JUNE 20 -Demonstration on LeConte Rock next to LML - 8:00pm/Followed by Slide Program in LML/Program Begins at 8:00 pm/ 1½ hrs.
Dave Bengston, Director Yosemite Mountaineering School
"Climbing Yosemite Walls"
Watch Dave climb LeConte Rock. See images of Yosemite in all its seasons. Listen to Dave share his many experiences of Yosemite
INDOOR SEATING LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SATURDAY JUNE 21 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Bill Carroll, Yosemite's Famous Post Master
"The Mail Must Go Through: Postal Delivery in Yosemite"
Bill was the Post Master during the Yosemite National Park 1997 Flood. Hear his story about how the mail was delivered and re-routed.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES
FRIDAY JUNE 27 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Dr. Greg Stock, Yosemite National Park, Geologist
"Rise and Fall of Sierra Nevada Glaciers"
Join Greg and learn about the history of Yosemite's glacial formation.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SATURDAY JUNE 28 - IN FRONT OF LML WEATHER PERMITTING/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Don Baldwin, John Muir Historian
"John Muir: Live"
Join us for an opportunity to experience John Muir in his own words.

 

JULY 2014

FRIDAY JULY 4 - NO PROGRAM
SATURDAY JULY 5 - NO PROGRAM

FRIDAY JULY 11 - RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
Demonstration on LeConte Rock next to LML - 8:00pm/Followed by Slide Program in LML/Program begins at 8:00pm/ 1½hrs.
Dave Bengston, Director of Yosemite Mountaineering School
"Climbing Yosemite Walls"
Watch Dave climb LeConte Rock. See images of Yosemite in all its seasons. Listen to Dave share his many experiences of Yosemite.
INDOOR SEATING LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SATURDAY JULY 12 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Jeanne Wetzel Chinn, Felidae Conservation Fund
"California Wolves Education Project: Being With Wolves"
Join us to see amazing photographs of wolves and to learn more about living with wolves in California.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

FRIDAY JULY 18 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Harold Wood, John Muir Historian, Sierra Club John Muir Webmaster, Chair, LML Committee
"150 Years of the Wilderness Idea - Yosemite Grant, Hetch Hetchy, Wilderness Act: From John Muir to Us"
The Wilderness Act celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2014. Learn more about our journey to understanding and appreciating the Natural World around us.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES
SATURDAY JULY 19 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Janet Wood, JPL/NASA Volunteer Ambassador
"Hidden Wonders of the Yosemite Night Sky"
Join Janet and explore, through photographs, the wilderness above us at night in Yosemite"
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
FRIDAY JULY 25 In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker
"Hike from Sequoia to Mt. Whitney"
Join Lee for his narrated hiking video.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
SATURDAY JULY 26 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker
"Along the John Muir Trail"
Join Lee for his narrated hiking video. He makes this hike LOOK so easy.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

 

AUGUST 2014

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
FRIDAY AUGUST 1 -IN FRONT OF LML WEATHER PERMITTING/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1¼hrs.
Ben Cunningham-Summerfield - California Tribal Member
"American Indian Storytelling & Flute"
Meet Ben, listen to historic stories and flute music echo through LeConte Memorial.\
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SATURDAY AUGUST 2 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1½hrs.
Jack Hoeflich, Yosemite National Park Law Enforcement Ranger/Search & Rescue Ranger
"Search and Rescue in Yosemite"
A behind the scenes look at visitor safety and episodes in the rescue of visitors, hikers, and climbers.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SATURDAY AUGUST 9 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Jeanne Wetzel Chinn, Felidae Conservation Fund
"California Wolves Education Project: Being With Wolves"
Join us to see amazing photographs of wolves and to learn more about living with wolves in California.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

FRIDAY AUGUST 15 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Michael Wurtz, Archivist, University of the Pacific, Holt Atherton Special Collections [Home of theJohn Muir Papers]
"John Muir & The Big Trees"
Michael will take us on a journey through Muir's study of the range of Giant Sequoia and Muir's vision for the Sierra Forest.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SATURDAY AUGUST 16 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1½hrs.
Jack Hoeflich, Yosemite National Park Law Enforcement Ranger /Search & Rescue Ranger
"Search and Rescue in Yosemite"
A behind the scenes look at visitor safety and episodes in the rescue of visitors, hikers, and climbers.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS
RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
FRIDAY AUGUST 22 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker
"Hike from Sequoia to Mt. Whitney"
Join Lee for his narrated hiking video.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
SATURDAY AUGUST 23 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Lee Terkelsen, Nature Film Maker
"Along the John Muir Trail"
Join Lee for his narrated hiking video
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

FRIDAY AUGUST 29 - NO PROGRAM
SATURDAY AUGUST 30 - NO PROGRAM

 

SEPTEMBER 2014

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 5 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:30pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1¼hrs.
Ben Cunningham-Summerfield, California Tribal Member
"American Indian Storytelling & Flute"
Meet Ben, listen to historic stories and flute music echo through LeConte Memorial.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1½hrs.
John Dill, Yosemite National Park Search & Rescue Ranger
"Search and Rescue in Yosemite"
A behind the scenes look at visitor safety and episodes in the rescue of visitors, hikers, and climbers.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Robin Pliskin and Michael Bryant, Northern California Musicians
"Concert & Sing Along with Music About Nature"
Fun for everyone who loves to Sing: A special evening of live music [Song Book Provided].
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13 - In LML -Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Stephen Joseph, Landscape Photographer/Co-Author Nature's Beloved Son, Muir Woods Centennial Photographer
"Everything I Photograph: Yosemite, Muir Woods, Mt. Diablo, and Vasco Caves"
Stephen will discuss his career as a landscape photographer and share his photographers, including images of Yosemite, Muir Woods, Mt. Diablo, and Vasco Caves.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Larry Simon, Staff Member California Coastal Commission/LeConte Historian
"Joseph Nisbet LeConte: Exploring, Mapping & Photographing the High Sierra 1890 to 1930"
Learn more about Joseph N. LeConte, son of Dr. Joseph LeConte and second president of the Sierra Club, his family history and contribution to the High Sierra and Yosemite.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20 - In LML - Doors Open at 7:45pm/Program Begins at 8:00pm/ 1hr.
Jeremy Evans, Nature Photographer
"Hiking the John Muir Trail: Three Weeks of Stories, Photographs & Short Films"
Jeremy hiked the Muir Trail in Fall 2012. His program is full of insights, adventure, and amazing images of the High Sierra.
LIMITED TO 50 GUESTS

SEPTEMBER 26 AND 27 - SPECIAL JOHN MUIR PROGRAMS!

SAILING CELESTIAL SPACES

WEEKEND CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF THE LIFE & LEGACY OF JOHN MUIR
On December 24, 1914, John Muir died from complications related to pneumonia. His legacy lives on through the Sierra Club and he is well remembered at LeConte Memorial Lodge. To honor his achievements and celebrate his vision for a right equitable relationship shared by humanity with the Natural World, the Sierra Club/LeConte Memorial Lodge presents a weekend of remembering and celebrating the life and legacy of the Scottish-American Poet-Naturalist John Muir.

FRIDAY EVENING SEPTEMBER 26 - 7:30pm
AN EVENING WITH JOHN MUIR
John Muir Growing Across America: Dreams of Protecting Wilderness
Presented by Frank Helling

*PROGRAM AT LOWER RIVER AMPHITHEATRE, ACROSS THE MERCED RIVER FROM HOUSEKEEPING CABINS/BUS STOP #12 (SIGNS WILL BE POSTED), CROSS THE FOOTBRIDGE IN HOUSEKEEPING
PROGRAM BEGINS AT 7:30pm/ 1 hr.
Frank Helling is a John Muir Historian, a Kings Canyon National Park Interpretive Ranger, and has presented John Muir at Sierra Club events, and at agencies and institutes across America.
Join Frank as John Muir and listen to the story of Muir's Journey.

SATURDAY MORNING SEPTEMBER 27 - 10:30am
HIKES IN SEARCH OF JOHN MUIR

Frank Helling, John Muir Historian - Hike 10:30 am
HIKE LEAVES [promptly] FROM LECONTE MEMORIAL LODGE
1½ HRS. [LIMITED TO 12 GUESTS]

Don Baldwin, John Muir Historian - Hike 10:30 am
HIKE LEAVES [promptly ]FROM LECONTE MEMORIAL LODGE
1½ HRS. [LIMITED TO 12 GUESTS]

SATURDAY EVENING SEPTEMBER 27 - 7:30pm
*Sailing Celestial Spaces:
Tribute Concert in Celebration of the Life and Legacy of John Muir
Robin Pliskin, Northern California Musician/Michael Bryant, Northern California Musician/Bruce Bragonier, Northern California Musician/Rod Watkins, East Bay Musician

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES & CHILDREN
*PROGRAM AT LOWER RIVER AMPHITHEATRE, ACROSS THE MERCED RIVER FROM HOUSEKEEPING CABINS/BUS STOP #12 (SIGNS WILL BE POSTED), CROSS THE FOOTBRIDGE IN HOUSEKEEPING,
PROGRAM BEGINS AT 7:30pm/ 1½ hrs.

"How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the mountain-top it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make—leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents, or piled stone—we all dwell in a house of one room—the world with the firmament for its roof—and are sailing the celestial spaces."
- John Muir, July 18, 1890

END OF SEASON

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL THE PRESENTERS AND VOLUNTEERS WHO WILL MAKE THIS 2014 SEASON A SPECTACULAR CELEBRATION OF YOSEMITE'S 150TH BIRTHDAY, THE WILDERNESS ACT AT 50, AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO REMEMBER THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF JOHN MUIR ON THIS100th ANNIVERSARY OF MUIR'S DEATH.

Special Thanks to Dr. B. J. Wiebe and Richard Wiebe for their generous contribution to the John Muir: Life and Legacy Celebration.

 

Always in Nature,

Bonnie J. Gisel, Curator, LeConte Memorial Lodge 2/25/2014

END OF 2014 SEASON


End of Season - Join us again next year!

 

Information and Donations

For more information, during the summer contact Sierra Club LeConte Memorial Lodge Curator, P.O. Box 755, Yosemite, CA 95389, 1-209-372-4542; e-mail: leconte.curator@sierraclub.org.

During the winter, contact LeConte Lodge Committee Chair, Harold Wood, P.O. Box 3543, Visalia, CA 93278; phone: (559) 697-3525; e-mail: harold.wood@sierraclub.org

Tax deductible donations to support the new exhibits and renovation efforts of the LeConte Memorial can be made to "Sierra Club Foundation," marked for the LeConte Lodge Fund.


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