Sunday, April 30, 3 pm
Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center, Bret Harte High School, Angels Camp
Spend an afternoon with John Muir (actor Lee Stetson)
at a special benefit for the Foothill Conservancy. Tickets are on sale now: Adults $20 advance, $25 at the door. Students: $10. Available online through April 29
or from the Foothill Conservancy office in Jackson.
As part of ongoing education about our region’s natural environment, the Foothill Conservancy will host critically acclaimed actor Lee Stetson portraying renowned Yosemite naturalist John Muir on Sunday, April 30 in Angels Camp. The performance, customized for our area, will be in the Dr. Elliott A. Smart Performing Arts Center at Bret Harte High School, 323 S. Main St., beginning at 3:00 p.m.
Adult tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Student tickets are $10. They are available online through the Conservancy website, www.foothillconservancy.org, and the organization’s Jackson office.
Lee Stetson has been performing as John Muir for over 30 years at universities, museums and parks from Washington, D.C. to Hawaii. He portrayed Muir on filmmaker Ken Burns’s award-winning PBS series, “National Parks – America’s Best Idea.”
In America’s Best Idea: Born in Yosemite, Burns said this about Lee Stetson, “Stetson spreads the gospel of John Muir every time he gets on stage and assumes the words and the manners and the character of an extraordinary human being who deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Abraham Lincoln.”
"We’re excited to have Lee coming to Angels Camp,” said Foothill Conservancy Board President Katherine Evatt. “Muir’s life was truly extraordinary, and Lee’s portrayal shares the humor, intelligence and tremendous passion of one of the world’s best-known and admired naturalists.”
John Muir immigrated from Scotland to Wisconsin with his family in 1838. His first visit to Yosemite was in 1868, when he was 30 years old. Muir was so taken with the area’s natural beauty and wilderness that he remained for about six years, working at various jobs, including shepherd and sawyer. He was instrumental in advocating for the creation of Yosemite National Park.
The founder of the Sierra Club, Muir is perhaps best known for his passionate advocacy to save wilderness, particularly the Hetch Hetchy Valley, threatened with flooding when the O’Shaunessy Dam was proposed to supply water for San Francisco. What some label the first environmental fight ended unsuccessfully in 1913 when Congress approved the dam project.
“John Muir’s love for the wilderness, and his desire to protect it, was based on his seeing the connection and interdependency of natural ecosystems.” said Evatt. “Muir understood that protecting natural systems was key to ensuring a healthy environment for both people and wildlife. His lessons live on today as we work to protect ecosystems that provide the clean water, productive soils and diverse habitats humans and wildlife need to survive.”
Coffee, tea, lemonade and snacks will be available for purchase at the event.
For more about Lee Stetson, see www.johnmuirlive.com.
Watch Ken Burns's video about Lee online.