John Muir in Historical Perspective

49th Annual California History Institute

Held April 18-21, 1996


The fourth in a series of John Muir conferences sponsored by the John Muir Center for Regional Studies, University of the Pacific

Held in Martinez and Stockton, California.

Sample Abstracts:

CONFERENCE SUMMARY:

The 1996 California History Institute was entitled "John Muir in Historical Perspective" and was held April 18-21, 1996. The first two days of the conference was spent in Martinez, California, at the John Muir National Historic Site sessions. The first academic sessions were followed by tours of the Strentzel-Muir home and of the Muir Cemetery. The following two days, April 20-21, academic sessions were held on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Sessions included:

A session devoted to graduate student presentation was presented, and a special exhibit of Muir books and artifacts was conducted by the Holt-Atherton Library, holder of the John Muir Papers. On Friday at the John Muir Historic Site, luncheon participants had the chance to visit with John Muir in person (or should we say impersonation).

The Conference proceedings have been published in:

Miller, Sally R., Editor, John Muir in Historical Perspective (New York: Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 1999)
Features the best presentations made at the California History Institute conference on John Muir at the University of the Pacific in 1996. Four chapters cover some of Muir's friends and traveling companions, including the Strentzel family, Jeanne C. Carr, John Swett, and C.D. Robinson. Three chapters feature literary themes, including Muir's religious environmentalism, his role in the American Romantic movement, and his views on Ruskin. Four chapters focus on the theme of Environment, including Muir's first summer in Yosemite, his views on the geological formation of the Sierra, his influence on pioneer conservationists in the Pacific Northwest, and his travels to South America and southern Africa. An epilogue relates the re-discovery of Muir's "Twenty-Hill Hollow." A scholarly work with valuable footnotes, the book includes a useful index.
A Book Jacket Summary, including a cover photo, and the Table of Contents is available.

Updated August 31, 2002


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