Connections have been made across the Atlantic to celebrate the centenary of the US National Parks and the important role played by famous Dunbar son John Muir in their creation.
The Friends of John Muir’s Birthplace is planning a range of exhibitions which will explore the connections between Muir’s formative years growing up in Dunbar, his epic adventures as an adult and his legacy, which lives on through national parks worldwide and campaigns to protect wild places.
Events start on Friday, May 13, with a John Muir Minecraft workshop and continue with ‘Dunbar in Lego’ the following day. On Sunday, May 15, there will be a ‘Spirit of John Muir’ performance by acclaimed Yosemite National Park performer Lee Steston in Dunbar Parish Church at 3pm.
When John Muir Association members from America visited Dunbar last year, the Dunbar group was put in touch with national parks organisers in America, the Muir Woods National Monument and the John Muir National Historic site in Martinez to help with centenary celebrations.