Remembering Martin Murie and His Legacy
Martin Murie was my cherished professor and mentor at Antioch College during the early 1960's. I was a biology major there and wrote my senior paper, "In Wilderness Is the Preservation of the World", as a direct influence of his teaching. I remember how he invited his class to his home for an evening of sharing our photographs of favorite natural areas we had visited. When a parcel of land adjacent to Glen Helen, the natural area containing the Yellow Springs of our college town, needed an action plan to reduce the effects of encroaching civilization, Martin took action to involve students in the process and encouraged me to play an important role.
You cannot know how good it felt to see Martin again, being interviewed as a part of this series,
and get the full story of our legacy from Olaus and Adolf. I'm sure it meant a lot to him at this time in his life, to experience the process of working with Ken Burns to produce this inspiring, detailed record of the creation and history of our National Park System. It certainly meant the world to me and my classmates.