Updated Friday: Actor Lee Stetson has canceled his scheduled presentation due to an unforeseen health situation, said Maida Lin Wong, a senior librarian at South Pasadena Library.
"Mr. Stetson is doing fine and the Library hopes to reschedule the event soon,'' she said.
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Earlier: A free John Muir Living History Presentation will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday in the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room.
The event will be presented by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, the Living History Centre Fund, and the Pasadena Group of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Acclaimed actor and author Lee Stetson has performed regularly for many years as John Muir at Yosemite National Park, on the Ken Burns PBS Series, "The National Parks," and around the world, according to an announcement in the City of South Pasadena's newsletter. Stetson also serves on the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors.
Muir was born in Scotland in 1838 and came to the United States in 1849. He became an accomplished author, inventor, naturalist, explorer, and one of the founders of the Sierra Club, a prominent environmental organization. Muir is widely acclaimed to be the most influential American naturalist and conservationist and is often credited with being the "Father of our National Parks."
During his travels, Muir explored the nearby San Gabriel Mountains, where one of its peaks is named after him. Muir became friends with South Pasadena's Donald and Margaret Collier Graham, and planted a lemon eucalyptus tree which still survives at their Wynyate estate. Muir died in Los Angeles in 1914 and was named the "Greatest of All Californians" by the California Historical Society in 1976.