In 1851, word spreads across the country of a beautiful area of California’s Yosemite Valley, attracting visitors who wish to exploit the land’s scenery for commercial gain and those who wish to keep it pristine. Among the latter is a Scottish-born wanderer named John Muir, for whom protecting the land becomes a spiritual calling.
Yosemite Valley is a land forged in wildfire and sculpted by water, and the delicate balance of these two elements is essential to the creatures and trees that call this land their home. But with climates changing and temperatures rising, the Sierras are under siege.
Journey back to 2002 to learn how past appraisals fare in today’s market, including: Spanish earrings and a dragonfly brooch; a Carleton Watkins Yosemite album; and an 1840 Alfred J. Miller painting.