John Muir Comes to Life at South Pas Library

Large Turnout for Lee Stetson's Portrayal on Saturday

A one-man play entitled “The Spirit of John Muir” featuring famed John Muir interpreter Lee Stetson was presented in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room last Saturday afternoon.

Stetson has regularly performed as Muir to audiences from around the world for 25 years in Yosemite National Park, as well as for many distinguished theaters, museums, and parks around the country.

He also portrayed the groundbreaking naturalist/renaissance man in the critically-acclaimed Ken Burns PBS television series ” The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”

Muir was born in Scotland in 1838 and, like so many others, came to the United States in 1849. He became an accomplished author, inventor, naturalist, and explorer, and one of the founders of the Sierra Club., Muir has been widely acknowledged as the “Father of our National Parks.” He became friends with South Pasadena’s first Mayor Donald Graham and his author wife Margaret Collier and planted a lemon eucalyptus tree which still survives at their Wynyate estate in the city. John Muir died in Los Angeles in 1914 and was named the “Greatest of All Californians” by the California Historical Society in 1976.

Stetson’s performance presented first-person retellings of some of Muir’s most famous true life adventures in his beloved Western wild lands.

Helping at the event were volunteers providing refreshments and selling Stetson’s books.

  • : Large Turnout for Lee Stetson's Portrayal on Saturday
  • : Photos by Bill Glazier
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