“John Muir….in Person!”
- Categories: Performance art
- Event posted: Oct. 10, 2011
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
- Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
- Ecumenical Campus Ministries, 1204 Oread Ave., Lawrence
- Age limit: Not available
The latest incarnation of legendary environmentalist John Muir will appear in the Ecumenical Campus Ministry (ECM) center on Monday evening, October 17th, at [7:30 p.m.]. Rev. Don Baldwin, former Resident Minister in Yosemite, will be on campus to present a spirited, first-person dramatization, “John Muir....in Person!” Admission is by donation received at conclusion of the performance.
Baldwin, from Nevada City, California, formerly served as a campus minister at KU in the 70’s with the United Ministries in Higher Education (now ECM). He returns now with an impersonation of Muir that he has presented to enthusiastic audiences up and down the west coast.
Following a recent appearance in Ojai, California, John Broesamle, president of the Ojai Valley Defense Fund, spoke warmly of Baldwin’s performance. "I thought Baldwin told Muir's stories very well and captured the emotions of the man, too. He swept us into that time period, those big stories, so fully.”
Baldwin, who grew up in Merced, California, known as the, “Gateway to Yosemite,” attended - of all places - John Muir Grammar School. Summers included many hours roaming the park, while winters meant skiing at Yosemite’s Badger Pass. Years later, following his seminary education, Baldwin was appointed the Resident Minister in Yosemite, ministering in the valley’s historic chapel to both local residents and visitors.
Palo Alto resident Karen Johnsen, having recently seen a performance by Baldwin, enthusiastically commented, “Don embodies the heart and soul of this nature loving humanitarian as he brings to life many of the wonderful stories of Muir’s life...it was creative, spiritual, and interactive.”
Now in retirement from the ministry, Baldwin is thrilled to be bringing a fresh awareness of the amazing scope of Muir’s endeavors as a geologist, botanist, mountain-climber, writer, adventurer and preservationist. Baldwin notes with admiration, “No single person in American history has been more instrumental than Muir in saving wilderness lands and protecting them for national park or monument designations. For me, there is an excitement in every performance as I endeavor to embody the essence of this truly incredible man!”
Baldwin added, “And now the chance to return to the Lawrence campus as John Muir is truly thrilling! Muir’s passion for nature and commitment to save it for future generations never ceases to inspire me. It’s exciting to think of passing that passion and inspiration on through the ECM so many years later!”
The ECM EcoJustice Team will host a reception following the performance.