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John Muir Memorial Association

Mission and Programs


The John Muir Memorial Association was organized in 1956 to preserve the John Muir home site and assure its transfer to the National Park Service.

Through the efforts of the John Muir Memorial Association, Congressman John F. Baldwin of Martinez, and interested citizens, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation on September 3, 1964, making Muir's former home in Martinez a National Historic Site.

Today, the John Muir Memorial Association continues to work with the National Park Service to preserve the mansion and surrounding orchards, native plants and grounds and to interpret the life of John Muir and the history of the home and ranch. The Association assists the National Park Service with special events, including an annual "John Muir Birthday Celebration" in the spring, Ranch Day in the fall, a Dinner-Dance and Auction, and environmental education programs including the Living History and the Junior Ranger program .

The Association is now focusing on a Capital Campaign Fund, to build a new Visitor and Education Center for the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez. The New Visitor and Education Center is by far the most ambitious project we have undertaken. We know from our previous activities that there is a great need for such a facility in order to fulfill our mission of preserving Muir's great work, and with it, the preservation of the natural and human history of our nation.

For more information on our campaign: John Muir National Historic Site Capital Campaign Fund - offsite link

The Association also sponsors an annual poster contest for school children and presents a John Muir Conservation Award annually to a deserving citizen.

An Association's annual dinner meeting is held in April, and a newsletter, The View from John Muir's Window , is published four times a year.

The Association also provides John Muir polo shirts and t-shirts. The shirts include a sketch of Muir leaning on his hiking staff, with a label around it reading "John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez, California." Available sizes are: Large (42-44) and Extra Large (46-48). Color: White. Cost: $14.00 postpaid. The design and an order form are available online. Please mail your t-shirt order to:

John Muir Memorial Association
P.O. Box 2433
Martinez, California 94453

Please join the Association, using our on-line membership application form!

Benefits of membership include:

  • Quarterly newsletter
  • Park program schedule
  • Reduced Ticket Prices
  • Satisfaction in helping the Muir Historic Site
  • Annual Dinner Meeting

Memberships are:

Individual: $10
Family: $15
Supporting: $25 *
Contributing: $50 *
Life: $250 *
Student: $7.50

(* free John Muir t-shirt)

We also hope you will make a pledge for the Association's "Thank You, John Muir" Capital Campaign Fund. For more info on our fundraiser: harcke@flash.net

The John Muir Memorial Association is a volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible.

Please make your check payable to:

"John Muir Memorial Association"
P.O. Box 2433
Martinez, California 94453


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