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John Muir and the Big Trees

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Feb 22, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Rocklin Campus S 111 (Sewell Hall, science, Museum)
5100 Sierra College Blvd., Rocklin, CA 95677
$5 general, $2 students/seniors, Museum members free
Joe Medeiros, jmedeiros@sierracollege.edu, (916) 660-8250

by Mike Wurtz, University of the Pacific

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Naturalist John Muir may have come to California in 1868 to see the Giant Sequoia—the most massive trees in the world. At first, he reveled among the groves, then he studied them scientifically, and lastly, he fought to preserve "the noblest of the noble race.” He visited the Calaveras Grove three times before it was a state park and used those visits to promote his ideas. Mike Wurtz, Head of Special Collections and Archives and curator of the John Muir collections at the University of the Pacific, will present John Muir and the Big Trees.

Mike Wurtz is the Head of the University of the Pacific Holt-Atherton Special Collections and Archives. He oversees the use and preservation of the historical archives of nearly 500 collections such as the John Muir Papers, the George Moscone Collection, and Japanese American Internment during WWII collections. He holds graduate degrees in both history and library science.

The book, King Sequoia: The Tree That Inspired a Nation, Created Our National Park System and Changed the Way We Think About Nature by Bill Tweed. Published by Sierra College Press (2016) and will be available for purchase.

For more information contact Joe Medeiros, jmedeiros@sierracollege.edu,(916) 660-8250

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