Legends of Conservation: ‘The Tramp and the Roughrider’ slated May 18-19

 “Legends of Conservation: The Tramp and the Roughrider,” a two-man historical re-enactment featuring two American legends of conservation, is scheduled May 18-19 at the Prairie Star Restoration Farm west of Bland.

The event, hosted by the Prairie Star Conservation Community, will depict President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir engaged in one of America’s most important conservation conversations in Yosemite Valley, which originally took place in May 1903.

The presentation illuminates this extraordinary encounter, with the action unfolding at sunset on Glacier Point, overlooking the magnificent Yosemite Valley. Their program, which reinforces a message of wilderness protection, will take place in an outdoor theater of restored prairie and improved woodlots.

Participants will enjoy special performances by nationally recognized re-enactors Lee Stetson and Joe Wiegand as the reincarnated Muir and Roosevelt and music by Doug Wood, author, singer and song-writer. The event will include a special reserved evening dinner on Friday and stage performances, walking tours and exhibits on Saturday. More information may be found at www.legendsofconservation.com or by calling 573-368-8393. The Missouri Humanities Council (MHC) has awarded a grant of $2,500 to the Prairie Star Conservation Community in support of the project.