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The Spirit of John Muir

Imagine an America where the wilderness was still intact and untamed, where the papers weren't plagued with the perils of pollution, and anyone could roam free of the fear of encountering a mini-mall or cheesy gift shop. Imagine the America of John Muir, father of the environmental movement. Lee Stetson recreates this more pristine past in his monologue "The Spirit of John Muir."

John Muir was born in Scotland and immigrated to the wilderness of Wisconsin at the age of eleven. In 1867, he walked from Kentucky to Florida, keeping a journal, the first of many. The next year he moved to California and caught his first glimpse of Yosemite. From then on, he struggled to get federal control of forests, Yosemite in particular. He climbed Mount Shasta and Mount Rainier, explored the glaciers in Alaska, and even led President Theodore Roosevelt on a personal tour of Yosemite. His adventurous spirit developed into a camaraderie with the land around him. Mr. Muir saw Yosemite declared a national park. Later he founded the Sierra Club, an organization that continues to speak out on behalf of the environment.

Mr. Muir published accounts of his adventures. From these Mr. Stetson developed his monologue. Mr. Stetson has been portraying the adventurer for over eight years. His exploration into Muir's life has inspired him to become active in the environmental movement. He has performed as John Muir more than five hundred times. Stetson also takes visitors on weekly walks through Yosemite, giving them a glimpse of the park through Muir's eyes.

Don't miss this opportunity to relive the roots of environmentalism and hear the tales of America's premier adventurer. Dinner will be served at 6:00 following a 5:30 reception. Mr. Stetson's performance will begin at 7:00.