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About This Site

This comprehensive site about John Muir is continually being updated and new additions are being made on a regular basis. Check our What's New section, below. Details about this website, including acknowledgements and off-site links, are provided on Website Resources.

Students & Teachers: Note our extensive Educational Resources, assisting both teachers and students from grade school to graduate school, from home-schoolers to life-long learners of all ages.

To keep current on upcoming events celebrating or inspired by John Muir, join our Listserv:

This site is maintained by volunteer webmaster and coordinator of the Sierra Club's John Muir Education Team, Harold Wood, with design assistance from Sierra Club staff. To report broken links or for substantive questions, contact : harold.wood@sierraclub.org


What's New

2014 July 6

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available on Bibliographic Resources , Annotated John Muir Bibliography, and Film and Video:

  • Added entry for a stop-motion animated film titled "Muir" by Ian Timothy.

2014 June 29

available on The Life and Contributions of John Muir, John Muir in the Arts, Paintings of John Muir, and Tributes to John Muir

2014 April 19

available on Bibliographic Resources , Annotated John Muir Bibliography, and Film and Video:

2014 February 1

Available on Current and Upcoming Events, University of the Pacific, and John Muir Center for Environmental Studies:

Added:

Available on Bibliographic Resources , Annotated John Muir Bibliography, Historical and Literary Analyses , Book Jacket Summaries,

  • Added an illustrated book jacket summary (from the book's front matter), including the Ttable of Contents and author biographies for The Pacific Historian, The World of John Muir (Stockton: Holt-Atherton Pacific Center for Western Studies, University of the Pacific, 1981).

2014 January 18

available on Chronology (Timeline) of the Life and Legacy of John Muir From his birth to the present day

  • Added updated items for calendar years 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

2014 January 16

available on Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy

2013 July 20

available on John Muir in the Arts:

available on Bibliographic Resources , Annotated John Muir Bibliography, Music:

  • Added entry for concert band piece "A Dauntless Soul" by composer William Camphouse, premiered at John Swett High School on May 17, 2013.

2013 May 12

available on Tributes, Arts, California and John Muir Tartans Honor John Muir:

  • Updated page to add the John Muir Tartan to the California State Tartan description

2013 May 11

available on Current Events:

June 7 & 8, 2013 - Fourth Annual John Muir Festival in Coulterville, California.

Friday, June 7, 2013 5:30pm THE TRAMP AND THE ROUGH RIDER- Hisrorical Performance by Lee Stetson and Allln Sutterfield
Location: Granite Dell Gardens, at 10265 Granite Dell Road, on Highway 132, 8-miles SW from Coulterville, California

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10am- 5pm - FOURTH ANNUAL JOHN MUIR FESTIVAL, Coulterville Park On Highway 132 & 49, Coulterville, CA. For more information, contact the John Muir Geotourism Center.

available on Place Names Important to John Muir, Organizations, Educational Resources, and Related Resources:

2013 May 9

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  • Added SAVE THE DATE - John Muir Symposium March 21-22, 2014:
    Join the University of the Pacific's John Muir Center on the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, the 100th anniversary of Muir’s death and the extinctiono of the Passenger Pigeon, and the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act to revisit John Muir’s life and legacy. University of the Pacific will host the 60th California History Institute on its Stockton campus from Friday, March 21, through Saturday, March 22, 2014. Expect to hear papers by new Muir scholars currently working Muir’s legacy, as well as several familiar names who have become regulars at Muir symposia. Plenary sessions and keynotes will be given by three scholars now living in the U. K.: Terry Gifford, Graham White and Andrea Wulf. A special exhibit on the history of the Muir Papers and their present locations is planned, as well as coordinated field trips before and after the symposium. If interested in presenting or attending the conference, please contact : wswagerty@pacific.edu
  • Added April 8, 2013 - Digitizing Two Homes of John Muir - A PROJECT has been launched to document in three-dimensional digital format Scottish conservationist John Muir's homes.
  • Added Press Release John Muir Weekend April 2013 in Dunbar Scotland (PDF)
  • April 3 - June 3, 2013 - John Muir Exhibit at Federal Hall, NYC - As part of Scotland Tartan Week 2013,the American Scottish Foundation is hosting a photographic exhibition "In The Footsteps of John Muir" by renowned Scottish photographer Ken Paterson. The exhibit traces Muir's early days in Dunbar, Scotland to his love of Yosemite, allowing one to see the enviroment Muir loved and did so much to help preserve. The exhibit, part of Scotland Tartan Week 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland, also celebrates the 175th Anniversary of the birth of John Muir on April 21, and Earth Day on April 22. In honor of Earth Week (April 21-25), Federal Hall will be showing the documentary film "John Muir In The New World" - honoring too John Muir's birthday. Presented in conjunction with the National Park Service, the exhibit will be on display in the Lower Rotunda through June 3, 2013. Visit photographer Ken Paterson's website to view images from the exhibit and his "John Muir Photographic Expedition."

2013 March 22

available on Songs and Audio About John Muir, Audio Books, Interviews, and Spoken Word:

  • Added John Muir in Alaska - by Alaska Public Media KSTK - Wrangell - March 22, 2013 (streaming audio - approximately 5 minutes)

2013 January 18

available on Songs and Audio About John Muir, Audio Books, Interviews, and Spoken Word:

  • Added link and embedded audio code for William E. Colby reminiscences (196x) , Concerning John Muir, the Sierra Club, Yosemite Valley, conservation, etc., interviewed by Charlotte Mauk, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. (streaming audio)

available on home page and People Important to John Muir Family, Friends, Colleagues, and Admirers:

  • Added link to How Muir Are You? - Take a Sierra Club quiz to find out just how similar to our beloved Sierra Club founder, the Father of National Parks, you are.

available on Famous People John Muir Influenced, People Important to John Muir Family, Friends, Colleagues, and Admirers:

  • Updated Ansel Adams page wth additional information, sources, and links.

2013 January 1

Available on Bibliographic Resources , Annotated John Muir Bibliography, Historical and Literary Analyses , Book Jacket Summaries, and Re-Tracing John Muir's Famous Walks

Added Annotation, Book Jacket Summary, and notation on Re-Tracing John Muir's Famous Walks for Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867–68 by James B. Hunt (2012), including book cover and flyleaf showing some of Muir's sketches from his Thousan Mile Walk journal.

2012 December 29

available on Nature's Beloved Son and Current Events:

  • Added news item for upcoming traveling exhibition, “Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy”

    Riverside Metropolitan Museum

    Riverside Meropolitan Museum
    3580 Mission Inn Avenue
    Riverside, CA 92501

    Exhibit Open December 2, 2012 - January 19, 2014

    “John Muir and the Personal Experience of Nature” exhibit at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum focuses on Muir's contributions as a scientist — mainly as a botanist — but also examines nature’s role in individuals’ lives and the history of the United States, reminding visitors that nature is everywhere.

    The exhibition is comprised of the traveling exhibition, “Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy” by Exhibit Envoy; objects and specimens from Riverside Metropolitan’s collection and Smithsonian’s National Herbarium; and images and resources from the Holt-Atherton Special Collections (University of the Pacific); the Local History collection of the Riverside Public Library; the UC Riverside Department of Biology; and California Museum of Photography.

2012 December 28

available on Writings - Quotations from John Muir, selected by Harold Wood:

  • Added sources to all remaining quotations which did not already have sources listed, including links to each. Many thanks to Dan Styer for finding and identifying the sources for many of these quotes.

2012 November 10

available on Bibliographic Resources , Annotated John Muir Bibliography, Anthologies , Book Jacket Summaries, and Publisher's Press Releases:

available on Bibliographic Resources , Annotated John Muir Bibliography, Children's Books, and Book Jacket Summaries:

2012 November 2

available on Related Resources, Educational Resources, Important Places, and Organizations & Newslettters Related to John Muir:

  • Added link to John Muir Geotourism Center - Based in Coulterville, California, exploring, learning, sharing, and preserving the natural environment for mental, spiritual and physical development, as exemplified in John Muir's life.

2012 October 6

available on Sound and Music, Songs Inspired by John Muir,and on Bibliographic Resources , Annotated John Muir Bibliography, Music, and Film and Video:

  • Added new page for "Sweet and Easy" a song by Scottish singer-songwriter Kathy Muir, including background on how the song was inspired by John Muir, lyrics, and an embedded YouTube video.

2012 May 26

available on Retracing John Muir's Famous Walks - A Geography of John Muir:

2012 May 12

available on Bibliographic Resources , Film and Video:

  • Added entry and linik to website for John Muir: from BBC One series "The Last Explorers"

available on Places Important to John Muir and Re-Tracing John Muir's Famous Walks and Biography: The Life and Contributions of John Muir

2012 May 5

available on Biography: The Life and Contributions of John Muir:

2012 April 22

available on Bibliographic Resources , Annotated John Muir Bibliography, Anthologies and Book Jacket Summaries:

  • Added annotation and book jacket summary for The Contemplative John Muir: Spiritual Quotations from the Great American Naturalist by Stephen K. Hatch

available on Geography - Daniel Muir's Gravesite

2012 February

available on available on John Muir Newsletter:

  • Added entry for Fall/Winter 2011-2012 - including "An Essay on John Muir's Phenomenal Science" by Bonnie Johanna Gisel and news updates.

2011 December 10

available on John Muir Newsletter:

2011 November 13

available on Children's Books, John Muir Bibliography

  • Addded entry for Appleseeds Magazine: John Muir (April, 2011)

2011 November 12

availble on Nature's Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir's Botanical Legacy:

  • Added entry for traveling exhibit to the Atlanta History Center.

2011 August 9

available on Geography, Re-Tracing John Muir's Famous Walks

  • Added entry for Dr. D. Bruce Means who retraced Muir's 1,000 walk in 1984, and was heartsick to discover that virtually none of Muir's wilderness remained along the route.

2011 August 8

available on Audio, John Muir Bibliography

  • Added entry for new audiobook, "My First Summer in the Sierra" by John Muir (compact disk or digital download), Reader: Brett Barry. (Silver Hollow Audio Chichester, NY 12416, August, 2011) 6 hours. Available on 5 CDs or by digital download.

2011 July 30

available on Collectibles

2011 July 20

available on University of the Pacific, The John Muir Center for Environmental Studies and related pages

2011 July 9

available on A Geography of John Muir

  • Added a new page: Museums Featuring John Muir . Added information about the Oakland Museum's new John Muir exhibit: A Walk in the Wild: Continuing John Muir's Journey

2011 April 24

available on People, Famous People Influenced by John Muir

2011 April 23

available on Biography: The Life and Contributions of John Muir,

  • Restored missing sections from this page, including John Muir Reminiscences By Those Who Knew Him, Modern Essays About John Muir, Conservation Legacy, Muir's Philosophy, Articles from Other Sources, Digital Books or Book Chapters on John Muir, and Other Resources.
  • Added Was John Muir a Draft Dodger? by Harold Wood

available on John Muir Newsletter and Biography: The Life and Contributions of John Muir,

2011 March 25

available on Bibliographic Resources , Film and Video:

  • Added listing and annotation for Lee Stetson: the Voice of John Muir DVD, 2010.

available on About John Muir and on Bibliographic Resources , Film and Video:

  • Added quote from documentary film-maker Ken Burns "As we got to know him... he [John Muir] ascended to the pantheon of the highest individuals in our country; I'm talking about the level of Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, and Thomas Jefferson, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jackie Robinson -- people who have had a transformational effect on who we are."

2011 March 5

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2011 February 21

available on John Muir in the Arts, Collectibles and John Muir in Sculpture:

2011 February 20

available on Bibliographic Resources, Press Releases:

available on Writings of John Muir :

2011 February 13

available on Tributes to John Muir:

2011 February 10

  • Sierra Club Associate Webmaster Adam Kapp completes conversion of web pages of John Muir Exhibit to the new more colorful and usable graphic design using .aspx - thus making the site look much better and removing the problematic frames used on the site forever!

2011 January 18

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  • Added annotation for "Muir - Man Among Giants" feature film by Stone Soup Studios Motion Picture Company LLC and link to their website www.muirmovie.org/

 

2011 January 1

available on Current and Upcoming Events:

  • Upgraded page to new aspx design.
  • Added listing and links for upcoming Nature's Beloved Son traveling exhibition, opening at Bedford Gallery, Pleasant Hill, California on January 9, 2011.
  • Updated listing and links for the Montello Historical Society Year of John Muir in Marquette County, Wisconsin.
  • Added description and links for forthcoming publication of My First Summer in the Sierra: 100th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic by John Muir with Photographs by Scot Miller, Foreword by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns.


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