Mike Marshall, executive director, Restore Hetch Hetchy
Michael Marchetti, Ph.D., professor of biology
Mike Taugher, environmental reporter, Bay Area News Group, moderator
Introduction – Roy Wensley, Ph.D., dean, School of Science
8:30 – 9:30 pm
Museum open: see a rare Hetch Hetchy view, painted after Muir and Keith’s 1907 sketching and advocacy trip to the valley, along with Yosemite and High Sierra scenes.
Keith’s San Francisco studio was the site of meetings to plan strategy for preservation of the “California Alps” that led to the Sierra Club’s founding. Early members included Muir, Keith, Dr. Joseph LeConte, professor of science, UC Berkeley, Dr. David Starr Jordan, Stanford University president and Warren Olney, attorney.
John Muir on Hetch Hetchy and William Keith --
"One of my later visits to the [Hetch Hetchy] valley was made in the autumn of 1907 with the late William Keith the artist. The leaf-colors were then ripe and the great godlike rocks in repose seemed to glow with life. The artist under their spell wandered day after day along the river and through the groves and gardens studying the wonderful scenery and after making about forty sketches declared with enthusiasm that although its walls were less sublime in height, in picturesque beauty and charm Hetch Hetchy surpassed even Yosemite."
John Muir, Yosemite
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"The Hetch-Hetchy Valley is a wonderfully exact counterpart of the great Yosemite, not only in its crystal river, sublime cliffs and exquisite waterfalls, but in the gardens, magnificent, groves, and meadows of its flowery park-like floor."
"If San Francisco could not obtain a satisfactory supply of water elsewhere, this great national sacrifice might be justified, but most eminent hydraulic engineers have reported on fourteen distinct sources of water supply available for its use. There is no city of its size in the world that is more favorably situated as far as the number of available water supplies is concerned."
from a Dec. 21, 1908 open letter -- "TO ALL LOVERS OF NATURE AND SCENERY:"
signed by John Muir and J. N. Le Cont
Heidi Donner, Saint Mary's College Museum of Art