John Muir (1838-1914) was an inventor, environmental activist, naturalist, author and founder of the Sierra Club. He was the earliest advocate for the national park system and helped establish Sequoia and Yosemite National Park.
Muir was born in Scotland and moved to Wisconsin when he was 11 years old. At a very young age he developed a love for nature and enjoyed exploring natural areas, writing about them and drawing botanical sketches of the plantlife he encountered.
In 1867 he walked from Indianapolis, Indiana to the Gulf of Mexico, keeping journals of what he discovered. He later sailed to Cuba, New York and Panama, finally making his way to San Francisco. From there he walked to the Sierra Nevada. During his lifetime John Muir published over 300 articles and 12 books.
Memories of Muir is a program presented by Merald Clark of Morningside Nature Center - City of Gainesville Parks and Recreation. Clark will portray "Deuteronomy Clark", a fictional resident of Gainesville, Florida. "Deut" will speak to his audience in the year 1870 and tell how he met this strange young feller just three years earlier and how Muir made a big impact on his life and the way he looks at the world. He will focus on Muir's 1000 mile walk to the Gulf of Mexico.
2017 is the sesquicentennial of Muir’s 1867 walk across Florida from Fernandina to Cedar Key. 150 years!
Please join us for Memories of Muir on Tuesday, June 27th at 11:00 am in Meeting Room A.
For books featuring John Muir, please consult our library catalog.