Yellowstone Videos -- John Muir

May 20, 2016 Posted by: Sarah Marino, 2015 Library Intern

John Muir was an avid advocate of the preservation of wilderness and worked to preserve natural resources around the turn of the20th century. He is also featured in the 1998 film America’s Great Parks. Actually, his ghost is. At the end of this program which provides a tour of several of the country’s major parks, out wanders Mr. Muir quoting and at times paraphrasing the living version of himself. “Places of protection and refuge for all wild things must be made, for they may soon be the only places where human beings can satisfy our souls.” Despite the unconvincing Scottish accent, that point certainly stands.

Screen cap of ghost John Muir

America's Great Parks: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite [Motion picture]. (1998). United States of America.

It’s worth mentioning that the YRL’s Rare Books Collection includes a copy of Our National Parks, authored and autographed by John Muir. The written work of Muir had a significant impact on the nation’s will and desire to protect and preserve nature. This mentality is part of what makes places like Yellowstone a reality.

John Muir Signature 

These, as I mentioned, are just of the few standout moments from my time working with the library’s  video collection. There is a lot more to check out, if you decide to stop by! 

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  1. May 26, 2016 at 12:37

    Absolutely hilarious! Wish I could hear what an "unconvincing Scottish accent" sounds like!

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