Film on Yosemite Valley

February 11, 2014 

"Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit," a documentary film by Ken Burns, honoring the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant signed on June 30, 1864, by President Abraham Lincoln, will be shown at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Golden Chain Theatre. The act preserved Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.

The premiere event begins with a one-hour cocktail and appetizer reception with Lincoln photo ops, followed by the film. Next President Lincoln introduces you to one of his favorite pastimes . . . Melodramatic Theatre. The Golden Chain Theatre actors will entertain us with their mini-Melodrama: The Shagwood Secret (also known as Double Deal at the Dirty Dog Saloon) by Teddy Kelly where you can "boo" for the villain, "cheer" for the hero, and "sigh" for the heroine.

"We are excited to celebrate the 150th anniverasary that brings to life an amazing time in America's conservation history," said Rhonda Salisbury, director of marketing for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau. "We hope that Yosemite lovers far and wide will join us for this unique experience."

Yosemite National Park and each of Yosemite's four gateways to honor President Lincoln's preservation of Yosemite in an action that paved the way for the creation of the National Park System. To learn more about the anniversaries, go to

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children, 4 to 12 years. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to the Yosemite Conservancy, the only philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to Yosemite National Park. For tickets, go to or call the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, (559) 683-4636. The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and the historic Golden Chain Theatre in Oakhurst are hosting the event.

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