How John Muir Saved Yosemite with Dean King (Virtual)

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March 28 • 7:00 pm


In June of 1889, John Muir meets face-to-face for the first time with his longtime editor Robert Underwood Johnson. Before long, the pair decide to venture to Yosemite Valley—the magnificent site where twenty years earlier, Muir experienced an awakening that would set the course of the rest of his life. Upon their arrival the men are confronted with a shocking vision: the defacement of “the grandest of all the special temples of Nature” by private industry. The story of the pact they form to fight back, told in Guardians of the Valley, is a timely and powerful “origin story” as the toweringly complex environmental challenges we face today become increasingly urgent.  

Virtual: $5 non-members and members. REGISTER HERE. 

Copies of Guardians of the Valley are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store; proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will be shipped after the event. We regret that we are NOT able to ship books outside the United States as it is cost-prohibitive to do so. 


 About the Author: 

Dean King is an award-winning author of ten nonfiction books. He crossed the Sahara on camels and in Land Rovers while researching Skeletons on the Zahara, trekked the Long March trail in the mountains of Western China for Unbound, and was shot at while researching The Feud in Appalachia. His writing has appeared in Granta, Garden & Gun, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Travel & Leisure, New York magazine, and The New York Times. He is the chief storyteller in two History Channel documentaries and is a producer of its nonfiction series Hatfields & McCoys: White Lightning. An internationally known speaker, King has also appeared on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, ABC World News Tonight, PBS American Experience, BBC Radio, and TEDx. He is a partner of Gum Street Productions, which is currently developing a feature documentary for Netflix. 


About the Moderator: 

 Rebecca Floyd is the Director of Interpretation at The Mark Twain House & Museum. 


 Programs at The Mark Twain House & Museum are made possible in part by support from CT Humanities; the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts; Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign; The Hartford; The Mark Twain Foundation; The National Endowment for the Humanities; and Travelers. 


March 28
7:00 pm
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