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Harold Wood Receives Special Achievement Award

for John Muir Exhibit Website

Special Achievement Award for Harold Wood

SAN FRANCISCO - Sept. 23, 2000 - Visalia resident Harold Wood was among those receiving national awards from the Sierra Club this year. Wood received a Special Achievement Award from the organization for his development of the John Muir Exhibit, a web site devoted to the life and legacy of Sierra Club founder John Muir.

The 1,000-page web site includes everything from a detailed chronology of Muir's life to updated reports of events pertaining to Muir around the world. Interactive features of the site include sound and music clips, a John Muir Discussion Mailing List for Muir scholars, a guestbook and a message board.

"These resources have proven invaluable to students from kindergarten through graduate school, as well as editors and publishers of newspapers, magazines and books," said Glenn Shellcross, chair of the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club.

The John Muir Exhibit has already received numerous other awards, including the Medaille d' Or, Site of the Week from the Environmental News Network, the Study Web Academic Excellence Award and an "Awesome" rating from the Schools of California Online Resources for Education.

Wood currently serves as chair of the Sierra Club's Mineral King Group and chair of the Sierra Club LeConte Lodge Committee. He also serves as webmaster for the Kern-Kaweah Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Wood accepted the award graciously, but stated, "Like all Sierra Club efforts, this website is the work of many hands. I want to especially acknowledge Harvey Chinn, who originally conceived the idea of the John Muir Exhibit in 1994 and served as the first webmaster for its first three years, and Dan Anderson, who is responsible for scanning and designing most of the pages featuring John Muir's books and other writings. Many others helped as well, and I appreciate all of their efforts."

The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the country's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 600,000 members.

The John Muir Exhibit can be found on the Web at


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Last updated: 2 October 2000