Today I attended the Yosemite Gateway Partners meeting at the Yosemite Lodge. About 130 interested parties were at this quarterly meeting. Much news and I will write about it all in the coming days. Be sure to bring your Little Orphan Annie decoder ring!
Last month the Yosemite Conservancy helped roll out the Ken Burns film: “Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit.” The premier was held in Hollywood at Paramount. They showed it twice to sold out audiences. We were only the 3rd group to see it! It is only 20 minutes and focused on the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant.
It will be shown in surrounding communities starting with Sonora. Large groups/organizations can work with the Yosemite Conservancy to obtain the film for showing.
The DVD of it is only for sale in person at the YC valley store. NO on-line ordering. I stopped by and bought my copy. It’s only $9.95 – but then it is only 20 minutes. Let’s do our own screening at the Pizza Hut near me. It is not planned to show it in the big theater.
The movie does not break any new ground. A rehash of other material but does go into the actual Abe Lincoln signing of the grant and that it was the first time – anywhere – that land was set aside for “the people.” A precursor to the national park system. Sheldon Johnson is getting way overexposed IMHO. He appears twice. A great guy, but I think it’s time for him to stay backstage for a while.
Lee Stetson does the voice of John Muir and the photography is superb.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Good history is a question of survival. Without any past, we will deprive ourselves of the defining impression of our being.” – Ken Burns
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