SHIRLEY SARGENT, YOSEMITE HISTORIAN IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM:

THE YOSEMITE ASSOCIATION

MARIPOSA MUSEUM AND HISTORY CENTER

 

Yosemite lost one of its best known residents and its greatest historian ever on December 3, 2004 with the death of Shirley Sargent in her home in Mariposa, CA. Although it is hard to believe that anyone seriously interested in Yosemite would not know about this exraordinary person, the dean of Yosemite historians, the Internet surfer will find a summary of her life and work in the obituary written by Fernando Peñalosa.

On December 18, 2004 a memorial service for Shirley was held at the Mariposa Senior Activity Center and scores of people attended. When it was announced that Fernando was writing a book about Shirley, person after person came up to him, not with a sad countenance, but with a smiling face to tell him their favorite "Shirley story." Many letters and messages were received from people who were unable to attend, most notably long-time friend Alan Henninger, whose moving tribute was read to those assembled.

On July 9, 2005 a final farewell was given Shirley by about 50 friends at her home in Flying Spur, just outside Yosemite National Park, where her ashes were scattered in what she called ‘the world’s best place.” In honor of the occasion, a Bibliography of works by and about Shirley Sargent was passed out to those in attendance. If you wish, you may download and print a copy for yourself. It will be kept up to date at this Web site.