Saturday, April 21, 2012

Happy Birthday John Muir

Born on April 21, 1838 in Dunbar, Scotland, John Muir was one of America’s most famous naturalists and conservationists. He explored and wrote about California’s Sierra mountain range and his adventures in Alaska. His writings stressed the importance of preserving the natural heritage of the country and contributed to the founding of the National Parks system. In 1892, he and other supporters, founded the Sierra Club. For more information about the man, see the John Muir Exhibit at the Sierra Club website.

The Buena Park Library owns the 100th anniversary illustrated edition of “My First Summer in the Sierra”. Illustrated with stunning photographs by Scot Miller and sketches by John Muir, it is worth revisiting this classic nature journal. You can check out the book trailer here.

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