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Contact: Jim MacDonald, 925-228-8860 ext. 6621
"John Muir is dead. Up through the far-flung reaches of the Yosemite, the Sequoia, the Muir Woods and all the mountain wilds of the West will ring the mournful echo of that message, for the birds, and the beast and all living things have lost a friend."--Los Angeles Times, December 25, 1914
On December 24, 1914, Christmas Eve, John Muir passed away in a hospital in Los Angeles of pneumonia. At the time, he was visiting his youngest daughter Helen Muir Funk, his son-in-law Earl Funk and his grandchildren. Join us on December 24, 2014 at 11:00 am at John Muir National Historic Site - in the Victorian house he lived in for 24 years –and participate in a commemorative celebration of this great man's life. Visitors will be able to share what John Muir means to them and how they view the importance of his legacy over the next 100 years.
Created in 1964, John Muir NHS preserves the home, landscapes, and grave site of conservationist and national park advocate John Muir. Muir spent his entire life exploring, studying, and writing about his experiences in the American wilderness, most notably the Sierra Nevada Mountains. His writing set the stage for a conservation movement that would spur protection of nature nationwide and ultimately earn Muir the title "Father of the National Parks."
John Muir National Historic Site, located at 4202 Alhambra Avenue, Martinez, CA 94553, is open seven days a week from 10 AM to 5 PM and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Admission to the site is free of charge. For more information, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/jomu, like us on Facebook, or call (925) 228-8860.