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John Muir Inducted in California Hall of Fame
John Muir included as an Inaugural Inductee in the new California Hall of Fame at the California Museum of History, Women and the Arts
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Ross Hanna, Muir's grandson, accepted the posthumous award for John Muir  presented by Governor Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver.The inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held on December 6, 2006, at the California Museum in Sacramento, with the presentation of the first " Spirit of California" Medals by Governor Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver. At this event, each inductee (or their family representative) in the Hall of Fame introduced the next inductee on the list. John Muir was introduced by Amy Butler, niece of Amelia Earheart, who described Muir as "one of the most beloved figures in the history of California, because he devoted his life to preserving the state's natural beauty." She recognized his role in founding the Sierra Club, "to this day, one of the world's most important and influential environmental organizations." Ross Hanna, Muir's grandson, accepted the posthumous award for John Muir.

California Hall of Fame exhibt was openedAfter the December 6 ceremony, the California Hall of Fame exhibt was opened. This exhibit is comprised of a stunning installation in the Museum lobby, as well as a phenomenal collection of over 100 historic and original items representing the lives and legacies of the inductees, located on the second floor.

The Spirit of California Medal is the tangible representation of the inductee’s installation into the California Hall of Fame. This Medal will be given to inductees (or their families, if a posthumous award) each year at a formal state induction ceremony.

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Hall of Fame July 2006

John Muir Inducted in California Hall of Fame
John Muir included as an Inaugural Inductee in the new California Hall of Fame at the California Museum of History, Women and the Arts

On July 31, 2006, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver announced the creation of the California Hall of Fame, a groundbreaking institution extolling the inspirational contributions of extraordinary Californians who have made their mark on the state, the nation and the world.

John Muir is included among the first 13 inaugural leaders, trailblazers and legends to be inducted in the new California Hall of Fame.

The honorees are:
Ronald Reagan, the former California governor and U.S. president.
Cesar Chavez, former leader of the United Farm Workers.
Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse and founder of Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Amelia Earhart, the aviation pioneer and first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Clint Eastwood, an accomplished actor, Academy Award-winning director and former Carmel mayor.
Frank O. Gehry, the architect whose creations include the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Dr. David Ho, a trailblazer in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Billie Jean King, a renowned former tennis champion who is also known for speaking out against sexism in sports and society.
John Muir, a conservationist and environmentalist whose image appears on the California state quarter.
Sally K. Ride, the first American woman to fly into outer space.
Alice Walker, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Color Purple."
The Hearst family, known for its philanthropy, its legacy of the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, and as creators of the Hearst Corporation, one of the world’s largest diversified communications companies.
The Packard family, particularly David and Lucile Packard, who helped create the multinational Hewlett-Packard technology firm.

In presenting the first inductees, First Lady Maria Shriver described Muir as "the person who graces our quarter - the California quarter. He's the founding father of our environmental movement, of our national park system, who taught us to respect and take care of the land that we live on, and the air we breathe."

California Hall of FameConceived by First Lady Maria Shriver, the California Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals who embody California’s innovative spirit. Inductees will come from all walks of life, and are people who have made distinguished achievements across many fields including the arts, education, business and labor, science, sports, philanthropy and public service. Inductees (or their families for posthumous awards) will be installed at a formal, annual event each year at the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts in Sacramento.

The accomplishments of each inductee will be made part of the permanent record in the California State Archives and become the subject of a year-round education campaign. In addition, their unique stories and personal achievements will be showcased at the California Museum in a permanent exhibit serving as the visual, encyclopedic record of the California Hall of Fame and its inductees.

California MuseumA California Hall of Fame selection committee, comprising representatives from the California Museum, the California Arts Council, and the Governor’s and First Lady’s Offices, established selection and eligibility criteria for inductees. The inaugural inductees were selected in consultation with California historian Kevin Starr, California State Archivist Nancy Zimmelman and California State Librarian Susan Hildreth. The committee’s recommendations were presented to Governor Schwarzenegger in May 2006 for approval.

The inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on December 6, 2006, at the California Museum in Sacramento, including the presentation of the Spirit of California Medals by the Governor and First Lady, followed by a special reception for inductees, dignitaries and invited guests. The Muir family will accept the posthumous award for John Muir. The Spirit of California Medal is the tangible representation of the inductee’s installation into the California Hall of Fame, given to inductees (or their families, if a posthumous award) each year at the formal state induction ceremony.

The California Museum inspires men, women, and children to dream the California dream and to dare to make their mark on history. The California Museum is located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento. For more information about the museum, visit www.californiamuseum.org.

Related Information Websites:
Creation of the California Hall of Fame
Sierra Club-John Muir Exhibit
pdf logo Hall of Fame Press Release-California Museum (pdf)

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