Two John Muir presentations featured at Sierra College

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“Growing Up Muir”

What: Presentation by Robert Hanna, John Muir’s great-great-grandson

When: 5 p.m., Friday, April 26

Where: Sewell Hall Room S-111 at the Sierra College Rocklin Campus, 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin

Cost: $15, includes light picnic dinner


“John Muir Among the Animals”

What: Performance by Lee Stetson

When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 26

Where: Dietrich Theatre on the Rocklin Campus

Cost: In advance $10 general, $5 students, seniors and museum members; At the door $12 general, $7 students, seniors and museum members

Parking: Parking is $3 – permits are available at parking lot dispensers.

Tickets or info: 660-7926 or email; or (530) 660-8250 or email


The culminating events of the week-long Earth Day festivities at Sierra College are two back-to-back performances that feature California’s famous John Muir.

On Friday, April 26, there will be a lecture by Muir’s great-great-grandson Robert Hanna, followed by a one-man stage performance by renowned actor Lee Stetson as John Muir. 

These special presentations will be held at the Sierra College Rocklin Campus, located at 5000 Rocklin Road.

Beginning at 5 p.m., Hanna will present an illustrated lecture entitled “Growing Up Muir.”    Hanna’s famous relative came to California from Scotland via Wisconsin.  In search of mighty mountains, Muir lived and worked in Yosemite Valley and rapidly fell in love with the spectacular mountain system known as the Sierra Nevada.  Muir’s eloquent writings inspired artists, photographers, authors and politicians to travel west to see what he called “the Range of Light.”  Muir went on to publish scores of articles and books that inspired the protection and conservation of forests, rivers and massive parks like Yosemite, Sequoia and Yellowstone. His efforts, along with his newly-formed Sierra Club, helped launch the modern conservation movement.

Growing up in the long shadow of John Muir was his descendent, Robert Hanna. At first unwilling to accept his famous heritage, Hanna kept his noteworthy kin in the back of his mind as he pursued his own career.  Later in life his studies led Hanna to learn more about and to appreciate the enormous significance of his very famous ancestor.

Join Hanna for a 90-minute richly illustrated presentation about his experiences growing up as a Muir.  Robert will briefly review the history of John Muir and then share what it was like growing up in the famous family.  Hanna will share many unique family stories as well as numerous rare and unpublished photographs of Muir.

At 7:30 p.m., will be the annual Earth Day Muir play by renowned John Muir impersonator Lee Stetson.  Performing for his 21st year at Sierra College, award-winning actor Lee Stetson will perform “John Muir Among the Animals.”

Muir retells some of his memorable animal encounters from his nearly disastrous “interview” with a bear to his glacial adventures with his canine companion, Stickeen, and tells of hilarious encounters with sheep in the Yosemite high country.  The adventures of Muir’s animal tales offer valuable insights into man’s kinship with the creatures with which humans share planet Earth – our “fellow mortals” as Muir put it.

Stetson has performed various works that he has written on the life of John Muir throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.