The Community Memorial Museum will present a book signing and program with environmental historian Dr. Jen Huntley,
talking about her new book The Making of Yosemite: James Mason Hutchings and the Origin of America’s Favorite National Park.
The public is welcome at the event on Thursday evening, August 9th at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Huntley examines Hutchings’ role as leader of the first tourist expedition into Yosemite Valley in 1855, and as a tireless
promoter of Yosemite and himself, who made Yosemite into a potent symbol of California’s post-gold-rush greatness. Although
Hutchings has been viewed as an opportunist who exploited Yosemite and was written out of its history, Huntley explores the
original history and views Hutchings as a “connector” whose activities, by extension, contributed to the Yosemite Valley being
designated as America’s first federally-sanctioned park. She explores the power politics and culture wars of 19th century
America’s emerging ethic of land conservation that gave birth to modern environmental movements.
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