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John Muir Exhibit

We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to showcase the magnificent work of Scottish photographer Ken Paterson, as he takes you on a journey into John Muir's world from Dunbar to Yosemite.

In conjunction with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the National Park Service, a 2016 exhibition will run through August and October at the FDR site in Hyde Park, New York. Visitors will learn more about John Muir, the Scot who did so much to spearhead the formation of America's National Parks.

The exhibit is part of the National Centennial Celebration of National Parks. Read the Official Press Release here.

At the Opening Reception, August 1...

In conjunction with the National Park Service, an earlier exhibition ran from April 18 to July 8 in Federal Hall, NYC. Visitors learned more about John Muir, the Scot who did so much for America's national parks.

The exhibit was also part of the National Centennial Celebration of National Parks.

Scotland celebrated The Year of Natural Scotland in 2013, and as part of  Scotland Tartan Week 2013,  ASF hosted a photographic exhibition "In The Footsteps of John Muir" by renowned Scottish photographer Ken Paterson. The exhibit traces Muir's early days in Dunbar, Scotland to his love of Yosemite, allowing one to see the enviroment Muir loved and did so much to help preserve. Presented in conjunction with the National Park Service, it was open to the public for viewing from April 3-26, 2013. 

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In the Year of Homecoming 2014, the celebration of John Muir was extended with the Festival of John Muir beginning the Homecoming Celebrations in April in Scotland.

In 2014 "In the Footsteps of John Muir" went on tour.  ASF, working with the National Capital Tartan Day Committee, presented the exhibit at the Arts Club, Washington DC from April 15-28, 2014.

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From Washington DC the exhibit moved to Chicago where it was shown in conjunction with the Chicago Scots

As part of Scotland Tartan Week 2013, the Year of Natural Scotland, the exhibit in New York also celebrated the 175th Anniversary of the birth of John Muir on April 21, and Earth Day on April 22. In honor of Earth Week (April 21-25), Federal Hall showed the documentary film "John Muir In The New World" - honoring too John Muir's birthday.


John Muir (April 21, 1838–December 24, 1914) is today referred to as the “Father of the National Parks".

Information on Ken Paterson's work can be viewed at

Ken Paterson's images are now available to buy online here: They can be shipped anywhere in the world, and each time you buy a print, a donation will be made to the American-Scottish Foundation.  

In the Footsteps of John Muir

The exhibit "In the Footsteps of John Muir" at Federal Hall National Memorial.

Scottish photographer Ken Paterson brings thirty beautiful images of both his native land and America's most amazing places to Federal Hall in honor of several anniversaries. April 21, 2013 would have been the 175th birthday of John Muir, one of America's most important conservationists and the man often called the "Father of the National Parks." Born in Dunbar, Scotland, Muir immigrated to America with his family when he was a boy. Additionally, April 6 marks Tartan Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence.

Read more here on the National Parks web site...