Visiting the Nation’s Capital and League history

Founders Tree, Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Painting by Gunnar Mauritz Widforss
Founders Tree, Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Painting by Gunnar Mauritz Widforss

On my visit to Washington, D.C. last week, I had the pleasure of visiting with John Merriam, grandson of League founder John C. Merriam.  John shared stories of his years in government service—from the Foreign Service to Capitol Hill. He remembers a statement by former U.S. Senator Wayne Morse during the debate to create Redwood National Park: “Any man who goes into the redwoods comes out a better person.

Another highlight was our visit to John’s upstairs study, where he proudly showed me a beautiful watercolor of the Founders Tree in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.  It was painted in 1925 by Gunnar Mauritz Widforss, a well-known artist specializing in paintings of iconic national park scenes.

The League has an extraordinarily deep history.  We plan to collect stories from that history as we approach our 100th anniversary in 2018, and we will find exciting ways to share the history with our members and other supporters.  Stay tuned.

Learn more about the League’s past and check out the important milestones in the League’s history!

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About Harry Pollack

Harry joined Save the Redwoods League’s staff in 2011 as the General Counsel. He brings over 30 years of experience in the fields of law and real estate transactions.

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