A Gathering of Spirit – Ken Burns’ Documentary Showing

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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This will be shown as a pre-conference event during the two-day Lake Superior Regional Wilderness Gathering “to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.” This conference is being coordinated by Northland College and the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, and will be held at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota, on September 5 and 6, 2014. There may be other opportunities to show the film during the conference. The film will also be shown to Northland students during a separate Wilderness Writers class taught by Professor Clayton Russell at Northland College.

About the Film:
Yosemite has inspired generations of people for thousands of years. On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Grant Act, establishing Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove as the first protected wild land for all time. In addition, this grant marked the first California State Park.

Join us to watch Ken Burns’ documentary on the Yosemite Grant Act, A Gathering of Spirit. Visionary Americans like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Galen Clark understood that the wonders of the American wilderness are not only our inheritance, but our responsibility. Now, 150 years later, the promise of the Yosemite Grant endures as this beloved national park opens its arms to over 4 million people annually who marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty and gain a new understanding of the importance of preserving our wild lands.