Evening Program: Young John Muir's 1000-Mile Walk to the Gulf 1867-68

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Trip dates: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:00 AM

AMC's Cabot Auditorium, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108
7:00 PM Doors Open
7:30 PM Program Begins

Biographer Dr. James Hunt will talk about his book Restless Fires - Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68. Dr. Hunt's book provides a detailed rendering of John Muir's thousand-mile walk to the Gulf based on both manuscript and published accounts. Hunt particularly examines the development of Muir's environmental thought as a young adult as he experienced delight in seeing nature anew after recovering from partial blindness due to a factory accident. Muir witnessed the Civil War's devastating impacts and efforts towards Reconstruction on towns, villages, and people. This is one of the first books on John Muir's thousand-mile walk that places his journey in the context of the Civil War and Reconstruction, to which Muir gave only passing witness.

His journal gives evidence of a young man resolving what he wants to do with his life. Muir comes to profound insights as to how human beings fit into nature. A walk in nature gave humans a sense of their limits, a lesson in humility.

In Muir's view, nature provides humans a moral touchstone when they recognize their small part in the "divine harmony." Muir wrote that when he simply went out for a walk in nature, he was really "going in." This book explores what Muir meant.

Trip details

Trip state: 
MA
Leader: 
Faith Salter (617-391-6614)
Trip location: 
AMC, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108
Status: 
Open
Trip country: 
USA
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Run until filled: 
No

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X Happenings: 
Yes
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No
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No
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Creation date: 
2013-07-11 12:00:02
Last updated: 
2013-07-11 12:00:02