May 6, 2015
Filed Under South Tahoe Events
John Muir’s Great-great-grandson, Robert Hanna, will share an intimate view of John Muir during a very special presentation at the Library on May 30 starting at 1 p.m.. “Growing Up Muir” offers a personal view of Muir from the perspective of his family. Free and open to the public.
Mr. Hanna will describe and uncover the many sides of Muir through family stories and never before seen photographs and writings.
John Muir first visited Lake Tahoe in the fall of 1873, calling it the “queen of lakes” and writing his friend Jeanne Carr that he had “sauntered through the piney woods, pausing countless times to absorb the blue glimpses of the lake, all so heavenly clean, so terrestrial yet so openly spiritual.” [Source: Letters to a Friend, 1915]
Hanna will also share stories about Muir, and speak about how he has been inspired to carry on his Great Great Grandfather’s legacy in his own works.
He wrote further, “The soul of Indian summer is brooding this blue water, and it enters one’s being as nothing else does. Tahoe is surely not one but many. As I curve around its heads and bays and look far out on its level sky fairly tinted and fading in pensive air, I am reminded of all the mountain lakes I ever knew, as if this were a kind of water heaven to which they all had come.” [Source: Letters to a Friend, 1915]
Muir returned to Tahoe several other times in his life, enjoying its “delightful” beauty.