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John Muir's

My First Summer in the Sierra

John Muir's( )
Based on a book by: Muir, John
Narrated by: Stetson, Lee
Voice by: Stetson, Lee
Music by: Fraser, Alasdair
Machlis, Paul
Lyrics by: Fraser, Alasdair
Machlis, Paul
Featuring: Devany, Robert
ISBN:978-0-9897652-2-0
Publication Date:Nov 2013
Publisher:Mountain High Arts
Book Format:Blu-ray
List Price:USD $24.95
Book Description:

A high definition documentary film illustrating John Muir's first book: "MY FIRST SUMMER IN THE SIERRA". Filmed in Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California the film traces the exploits and adventures of the famous conservationist, John Muir during the first summer that he spent in the Yosemite region. Excerpts of Muir's book are read by the actor Lee Stetson, who has been called the "Voice of John Muir." The film highlights passages from his book which...
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The naturalist John Muir was born in Dunbar, Scotland. When he was 11 years old, he moved to the United States with his family and lived on a Wisconsin farm, where he had to work hard for long hours. He would rise as early as one o'clock in the morning in order to have time to study. At the urging of friends, he took some inventions he had made to a fair in Madison, Wisconsin. This trip resulted in his attending the University of Wisconsin. After four years in school, he began the travels that eventually took him around the world.

Muir's inventing career came to an abrupt end in 1867, when he lost an eye in an accident while working on one of his mechanical inventions. Thereafter, he focused his attention on natural history, exploring the American West, especially the Yosemite region of California. Muir traveled primarily on foot carrying only a minimum amount of food and a bedroll. In 1880 Muir married Louie Strentzel, the daughter of an Austrian who began the fruit and wine industry in California.

One of the first explorers to postulate the role of glaciers in forming the Yosemite Valley, Muir also discovered a glacier in Alaska that later was named for him. His lively descriptions of many of the natural areas of the United States contributed to the founding of Yosemite National Park in 1890. His urge to preserve these areas for posterity led to his founding of the Sierra Club in 1892.

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