Hetch Hetchy: Can the Splendid Wild Return?

Friday May 16 2014   7:30 PM
Sierra College Rocklin Campus T (Dietrich Theatre)  5000 Rocklin Rd., Rocklin, CA  map

Join Heyday Publisher Malcolm Margolin, author Kenneth Brower, John Muir’s great-great-grandson Robert Hanna, Sierra College Professor Emeritus Joe Medeiros (now editor of the Sierra College Press), and Restore Hetch Hetchy Executive Director Spreck Rosekrans in an illustrated lecture and discussion about America’s famous Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park.

Heyday has recently published Kenneth Brower’s Hetch Hetchy: Undoing a Great American Mistake. One hundred years after the passage of the Raker Act (December, 1913), there is growing interest in the potential decommissioning of O’Shaughnessy Dam and the restoration of Yosemite’s twin—Hetch Hetchy Valley. Can it be done? If so, how could it be done so San Franciscans and other Bay Area users can continue to receive essential water and power?

The answer is yes, it can be done! But not without the same kind of human will and ingenuity that placed this giant engineering project within the borders of California’s most beloved national park. Join this group of authors, publishers and experts in this one-of-a-kind look at a dream to restore Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park.

This event is co-sponsored by Sierra College Press. All proceeds will benefit the Sierra College Natural History Museum, the Sierra College Press, and Restore Hetch-Hetchy.

$6 general, $3 students/seniors/Museum members; for more information visit sierracollege.edu/events/upcoming/2014/05/nhm-hetch.php.

Kenneth David BrowerKenneth David Brower is the oldest son of the pioneering environmentalist David Brower. His first memories are of the Sierra Nevada and the wild country of the American West. His father drafted him into service as an editor at nineteen, and under that leadership he wrote or edited fourteen volumes in the Exhibit-Format Series of photography books produced by the Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth. In his mid-twenties he departed his father’s shop to become a freelance writer, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Audubon, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, The Paris Review, Reader’s Digest, Smithsonian, Sierra, Islands, and numerous other magazines. He is the author of the books The Starship and the Canoe, Wake of the Whale, A Song for Satawal, Realms of the Sea, The Winemaker’s Marsh, Freeing Keiko, and many more. He lives in Berkeley, California.
Malcolm MargolinMalcolm Margolin is the publisher emeritus of Heyday, an independent nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution, which he founded in 1974. Margolin is author of several books, including The Ohlone Way: Indian Life in the San Francisco–Monterey Bay Area, named by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the hundred most important books of the twentieth century by a western writer. He has received dozens of prestigious awards among which are the Chairman's Commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fred Cody Award Lifetime Achievement from the San Francisco Bay Area Book Reviewers Association, the Helen Crocker Russell Award for Community Leadership from the San Francisco Foundation, the Carey McWilliams Award for Lifetime Achievement from the California Studies Association, an Oscar Lewis Award for Western History from the Book Club of California, a Hubert Bancroft Award from Friends of the Bancroft Library, a Cultural Freedom Award from the Lannan Foundation, and a Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He helped found the Bay Nature Institute and the Alliance for California Traditional Artists.