Pleasanton Weekly

News - May 14, 2010

Rough Rider coming to town

Hear 'Teddy Roosevelt' talk about camping with John Muir

An animated talk about the two men who helped create and preserve what is now Yosemite National Park has been scheduled for Thursday by the Museum on Main as part of its Ed Kinney Lecture Series.

"The Rough Rider and the Mountain Man, Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir in Yosemite: Three Days That Changed a Nation" will be presented by Fred Rutledge, a noted lecturer who often dresses the part of historic characters.

In this presentation, he will provide the former president's view of the famous camping trip he and naturalist John Muir took into Yosemite in May 1903, speaking as Roosevelt who has just left Muir and is heading back to San Francisco.

Following that trip, Roosevelt signed a bill turning the Yosemite Valley back to the National Park Service from its status at the time as a state park. He went on to sign several documents protecting America's resources "for generations to come." The spirited talk will end with a charge to the audience to protect national parks.

Rutledge is the administrator for the Correctional Education program at Santa Rita in Dublin. He is a retired Army Reserve officer and is currently with the State Military Reserve as Chief of Staff for the Center for Military History.

He is a third-generation Californian on his father's side, grew up in the East Bay and attended UC Berkeley for undergraduate work and St. Mary's for graduate. He has played bagpipes for over 30 years and is a member of the Pleasanton-Blairgowrie-Fergus Sister Cities Organization.

The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave. in Pleasanton. The lecture is sponsored by Roz Wright.

Admission is $5 members and seniors, $10 non-members, and $3 students and teachers with ID. No reservations are necessary. Purchase tickets at the door.

For more information call the museum at 462-2766 or visit

--Dolores Fox Ciardelli


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