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LeConte Memorial Lodge 1904-2004

Bonnie Gisel, Curator LeConte Memorial Lodge at Centennial Rededication Ceremony July 3, 2004

Closing Remarks:

In Memory of Joseph LeConte: Another 100 Years of Service

Dr. Bonnie Gisel
Curator, LeConte Memorial Lodge

Remarks at the LeConte Memorial Lodge Rededication Ceremony,
July 3, 2004

We stand here today in remembrance on this hundredth anniversary of the dedication of LeConte Memorial Lodge, a building that pays tribute to Dr. LeConte’s life’s work, his adoration of Yosemite Valley and the High Sierra, and his commitment to family, friends, and community.  This memorial serves as a reminder of his spirit among us.  And it serves as the spiritual home of the Sierra Club where each season we welcome travelers from across America and around the world who arrive in Yosemite National Park to pay homage to the spirit of wilderness that resides in each of us. 

Upon the occasion of the dedication of LeConte Memorial Lodge, Mr. Alexander Eells (Youells), President of the Alumni Association at the University of California, noted that Dr. LeConte came to Yosemite, as one comes home, for cheer and for aid, for here in these sublime surroundings we are attuned to noble deeds.  Let us rededicate this simple memorial to the good work of environmental thoughtfulness.  May we gain not only from the sermons in these stones, but still more from the higher, more quickening inspiration of a life—that of Dr. LeConte’s—true to itself and in touch with Nature.

Dr. Joseph LeConte lifted his heart in humble worship to the great God of Nature and by grace, in the midst of the overwhelming grandeur of Nature wanted never to forget the gift of wilderness.  Let us then rededicate LeConte Memorial Lodge to the next hundred years of service.  May this small building - that rose from the convictions and faith of our ancestors who believed that in wilderness is health and repose, that in nature we find ourselves connected to all other living things, that through education is the foundation for the preservation of wilderness, and that in wildness lies the hope of the world - may LeConte Memorial Lodge  continue to encourage us to explore, enjoy, and protect wilderness



Rededication Ceremony

Centennial Schedule

Centennial Day Photo Album

Rededication Photo Album

Re-Dedication of LeConte Memorial Lodge
(Photo Album)

Michael Reynolds, National Park Service, Yosemite National Park
Bernie Zaleha, Vice-President, Sierra Club
Bruce Hamilton, Conservation Director, Sierra Club
Bonnie Gisel, Curator, LeConte Memorial Lodge
Harold Wood, Chair, Sierra Club LeConte Memorial Lodge Committee


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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:

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

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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