HYDE PARK, NY -- On Monday, August 1, 2016, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Home Of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site -- with the American-Scottish Foundation -- will open "In the Footsteps of John Muir," an exhibition by Scottish photographer Ken Paterson. The exhibit will be on display in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home through September 30, 2016. A special opening reception will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on August 1 in the Wallace Center. Refreshments will be served. Visitors may view the exhibit free of charge in the visitor center, during regular operating hours.
"In the Footsteps of John Muir," an exhibit of 30 photographic works by Scottish photographer Ken Patterson, traces Muir's early days in Dunbar, Scotland to his love of Yosemite allowing one to see the environment Muir loved and did so much to help preserve. The exhibit is part of the National Centennial Celebration of National Parks.
John Muir was a farmer, inventor, botanist, geologist, explorer, mountaineer, writer and pioneer of nature conservation. He was born in Dunbar, Scotland, on April 21, 1838. As a child he developed a deep love of the natural world. This grew into a lifelong journey, both physical and spiritual, of exploration, revelation, hardship and wonder. In 1849, Muir's family immigrated to the United States, starting a farm near Portage, Wisconsin, called Fountain Lake Farm. Later, his introduction to Yosemite Valley, California, resulted in his campaign to preserve wilderness for wilderness's sake. This led to the establishment of the world's first national park system. Today he is remembered as a pioneer of the modern conservation movement, and is often referred to as the "Father of the National Parks" in the United States.
Ken Paterson (www.kenpaterson.co.uk) has been photographing at the top level of Scottish photography for the last twenty years, specializing in creative location work based on people. Clients such as The New York Times have led to a strong portfolio in the United States and Japan, and resulted in the chance to complete a dozen travel guide books around the world. Recently, Ken has been lecturing in photography at Stevenson College in Edinburgh. Ken's passion is his self-started photographic project, aiming to reconnect Scotland with a proud global heritage: Famous Scots Project.
The American-Scottish Foundation is dedicated to strengthening ties between individuals, institutions and businesses of Scotland and the United States. The Foundation champions the extraordinary and creative relationship between Scotland and the United States with an extensive program of projects and events -- a bridge between the two great countries. ASF is proud to help bring attention and support to the preservation of parks and landscapes. Visit www.americanscottishfoundation.org.
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