Crossroads Features Muir Exhibit, Glacier Lecture

At Crossroads at Big Creek, one of their main objectives is to get people in touch with nature and to share the concepts of ecology – relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.

A helpful librarian (and a review on NPR’s Science Friday program) steered the Crossroads’ naturalist to the book The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf.

“Humboldt,” Wulf writes, “was the first to explain the fundamental functions of the forest for the ecosystem and climate… ”

This nineteenth century German scientist demonstrated a new way to look at the world and he influenced many others, including a man who spent his boyhood and youth in Wisconsin – John Muir.

Muir was inspired by Humboldt’s “lessons of unity and inter-relationship.” He was the first to realize the theory of glacial motion.

To celebrate this influential environmentalist, who also helped establish the National Park Service and the Sierra Club, the Wisconsin State Historical Society created a traveling exhibit called Wisconsin’s John Muir.

On Aug. 26 at 2 pm, in the lecture hall of the Collins Learning Center, a lecture titled “It’s Because of the Glaciers – An Icy Look at Door County” will be given. It will reflect some of the concepts “invented” by Humboldt and Muir. It’s free and open to the public.

From Aug. 31 to Sept. 11, the Door County Historical Society, Door County Libraries and Crossroads have collaborated to bring the John Muir exhibit to Door County. The displays will be housed in the Vignes School of the Heritage Village at Big Creek and in the Lower Level of the Collins Learning Center and will be open to the public.

The Collins Learning Center at Crossroads, located at 2041 Michigan St. in Sturgeon Bay, is open 12-3 pm daily and during scheduled activities. Trails at the Crossroads Preserve, Big Creek Cove, and the Ida Bay Preserve are free and open to the public.

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