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John Muir is known as the Father of the National Parks, and is internationally recognized as spearheading the conservation movement. His passion for nature, writing, and activism caught the attention of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt - Muir’s successful campaign resulted in the creation of five national parks and 18 national monuments during Roosevelt’s terms in office. Born in Scotland in 1838 and emigrating to the United States in 1849, John Muir founded the Sierra Club, where his conservation legacy continues today.

To celebrate the 175th anniversary of Muir’s birth, John Muir’s homes in Dunbar, Scotland and Martinez, California will be documented to strengthen existing ties between the two sites. Through educational and interpretive material, the two sites will become linked in the shared history of John Muir and his influence on the conservation world today.

In a collaborative effort between Scottish Natural Heritage, the National Park Service, Historic Scotland, John Muir Birthplace Trust, East Lothian Council, and CyArk, the two John Muir homes will be digitally preserved, enabling Muir’s legacy to reach a wider audience. In August and September of 2013, John Muir’s home was documented by CyArk and his home in Dunbar by Historic Scotland.

These two projects strive to deepen the existing links between the historic sites in Scotland and in the United States, and to illuminate the influence of both sites on Muir’s life and cause.