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John Burroughs

‘Burroughs & the Spirit of the Catskills’

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The public is invited to “John Burroughs & the Spirit of the Catskills,” on Saturday, September 29 at 3 p.m. at Morgan Outdoors, 46  Main St. The event is an introduction to celebrated naturalist John Burroughs with Bill Birns.

Burroughs, born in 1837 on the family’s Delaware County homestead in Roxbury, NY, authored 27 books of natural and philosophical essays that influenced millions of readers. In the 1900s, Burroughs rivaled Mark Twain as the most widely read writer in America. Of particular interest in this presentation are Burroughs’ explorations and walks in the Upper Delaware River watershed, from Roxbury to Balsam Lake Mountain and points in between.

Author and educator Birns is a 47-year resident of the Catskills and taught English at Margaretville Central School and Onteora High School. Among his books  are “A Catskill Catalog,” published by Purple Mountain Press, and his latest, “I Was Corning a Beaver Like You Do: Joe Hewitt, John Burroughs, Mountain Culture.” The latter will be available for purchase at Morgan Outdoors as will “John  Burroughs Afloat & Afoot,” the first and, so far, only Burroughs audio book ever published.

All proceeds from book sales at Morgan Outdoors will benefit new outdoor amenities at Woodchuck Lodge. To reserve a seat, call 845/439-5507, as seating is limited. For more information visit


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