John Muir, From Yosemite to Arcadia

John Muir, From Yosemite to Arcadia

  • Date: 08/26/2017 1:00 p.m.
  • Location: Arcadia Public Library
    20 W. Duarte Rd.
    Arcadia, California 91006
  • Introduction: John Muir, From Yosemite to Arcadia - Historical Exhibit , Aug., 1–31, - Presentation, Aug. 26, 1:00 p.m.

“John Muir, From Yosemite to Arcadia”

 Historical Exhibit & Presentation

August 1–31, 2017



This August, the Arcadia Public Library will mark the 140th anniversary of renowned naturalist and writer John Muir’s first visit to Southern California with a rare book exhibit and an interactive presentation by local historian Ed Andersen. The exhibit will include several first editions of Muir’s writings, including “My First Summer in the Sierra” (1911) and “The Mountains of California” (1894). In this latter work, Muir gives a detailed account of a five day hiking trip he took through the Rancho Santa Anita and into the San Gabriel Mountains in August of 1877. 


John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland in 1838 and he moved with his family to Wisconsin when he was eleven years old. As a young man he received wide acclaim as an inventor, but he was captivated by nature and he devoted his life to studying, writing about and working to preserve our natural resources. Muir was a world traveler and he frequently came to the San Gabriel Valley, occasionally making his way to the fledgling city of Arcadia. As the first president of the Sierra Club, John Muir made enormous contributions to the establishment of our national parks and timberlands, including the San Gabriel and San Jacinto National Forests. 


Mr. Andersen is a book collector, author and board member of the Arcadia Historical Society. He has been tracking John Muir for two decades and on Saturday, August 26th (1:00 pm at the Arcadia Public Library Auditorium) he will present his findings about Muir’s appearances in Arcadia. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.   

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