Silent Ambassadors

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John Muir, conservationist, preservationist, Scotsman, and father of the national park system, founded the Sierra Club on this date in 1892.  Modeled after the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Sierra Club’s mission is: “To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.”  Take a walk in the wild places of the earth along the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney, or visit the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, CA, or read some of Muir’s works, most of which are still in print.  Or just get outside into the fresh air today, at a national park, if possible, and give a little nod at a wild place close by in John Muir’s honor.

Stamp details:
Stamp on top:
Issued on: April 29, 1964
From: Martinez, CA
Designed by: Rudolph Wendelin
SC #1245

Stamp on bottom:
Issued on: February 3, 1998
From: Washington, DC
Designed by: Carl Herrman
Illustrated by: Richard Waldrep
SC #3182j

(Source: arago.si.edu)

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