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  Photo Albums:
The Beginning of a Friendship: John Muir and Joseph LeConte
Centennial Photo Album
Rededication Photo Album
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  Downloads:
LeConte Memorial Lodge - First Permanent Visitor Center in Yosemite Valley & Home of the Sierra Club in Yosemite National Park (PDF) by Bonnie Gisel - from Yosemite Guide, May-June, 2012 (PDF)
LeConte Memorial - A Sierra Club Legacy by Elaine Gorman (PDF) (2012)
Memorial Fact Sheet (PDF)
Joseph LeConte Fact Sheet (PDF)
John Muir - Father of Our National Parks brochure
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Huell Howser Video
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  Related:
Celebrating a Century of Slack-Jawed Awe
Make a Nature Journal
About Joseph LeConte
'Little Joe' Joseph N. LeConte
1896 Tribute to Dr. LeConte
John Muir Exhibit
Sierra Club History
Oher Sierra Club Lodges
Clair Tapaan Lodge
 
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Le Conte Memorial Lodge by Steven Finacom
NPS 1985 Theme Study
National Historic Landmark Program

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LeConte Memorial Lodge

Wildflower Exhibit

As a special Centennial project, the Sierra Club has prepared a Wildflower Exhibit to digitally re-create in 2004 the original 1907 wildflower show held at the LeConte Memorial Lodge.

The 1907 Wildflower Show

LeConte Memorial Lodge

Primrose

On the afternoon and evening of July 18, 1907, at the suggestion of Mr. Charles S. Greene, poet and former editor of the Overland Monthly, and influential Librarian of the Oakland Public Library, a flower exhibit of the wildflowers of Yosemite Valley and the vicinity was conducted at LeConte Memorial Lodge. Wildflowers from throughout Yosemite Valley and from trails above the Valley were brought to the Lodge for classification and exhibition. Ora Boring, from Stockton High School, and her assistants carefully grouped and classified the wildflowers, ferns, trees, and shrubs. One hundred and eight varieties,including flowers and ferns, trees and shrubs, were shown. Download the list (PDF format).

An evening reception was held during which Charles Greene spoke about Joseph LeConte, Yosemite Valley, and the Sierra Club. Charles Keeler, poet and friend of Joseph LeConte and John Muir, read his poem "To Joseph LeConte," and concluded with a short talk fitting the occasion of the Wildflower Show.

Shooting Star

photographing the wildflowers

yosemite valley

In 2003, approximately 100 wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees were selected from the original 1907 list .. Professional photographer Stephen Joseph began photographing from this list in May 2003, and continued through the 2004 season. In the 2003 season he photographed about 60 plants and trees, and approximately another 40 over the 2004 season.

the wildflower survey

Curator Bonnie Gisel surveyed the original list of Yosemite Flowers compiled by Ora Boring. It is our hope to provide for our visitors information about the similarities and differences in the botanical landscape of Yosemite Valley and Yosemite National Park as it occurred in 1907 and 2004. How has the Valley changed? Field botanists and plant ecologists including specialists from the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley have been enlisted to help with this project.

exhibition of stephen joseph's botanical photographs

Leconte Memorial Lodge

Wildflower Display at LeConte Memorial Lodge, 2004
Since we are not able to collect the flowers from their natural environment in Yosemite National Park, LeConte Memorial Lodge created a photographic herbarium of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees. Beginning in the 2004 Centennial year, Stephen Joseph's photographs are on exhibit at LeConte Memorial Lodge as well as available for viewing online. A notebook is available at the Lodge for visitors to review, as well as the original list of YOSEMITE FLOWERS from the 1907 exhibition [PDF]. A complete index of the wildflowers, ferns, shrubs, and trees as identified in 2003-04 both with common and Latin names will also be available. The 2004 and the 1907 list will be compared to help us better understand changes over the past near-century.

Columbine

The invitation to bring to life the Wildflower Show of 1907 is an opportunity to better understand the wildflowers that thrive and/or are endangered in the Valley today.

LeConte Memorial Lodge gratefully acknowledges the photographic genius of Stephen Joseph who has contributed the series of digital images for this project. More images of the Yosemite Wild Flower Project are available on his website.


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