William Miesse, author of “Sudden and Solitary: Mount Shasta and its Artistic Legacy  1841-2008,” will argue that "the natural transcendent beauty of Mount Shasta, especially with it's ephemeral clouds and rarefied at times nearly ultraviolet colors, lends itself to philosophical thoughts of other dimensions.” Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Mt. Shasta Resort.

A slide presentation by William Miesse on Feb. 7 will detail the history of the concept of Lemuria and how that concept came to be applied specifically to Mount Shasta.

The program, titled “On the Origins of Lemuria: The History, Literature, and Art of Mount Shasta's Most Enduring Legend,” is a fundraiser for the Siskiyou Land Trust.

“Though originally a legitimate concept of zoological science first presented in 1864, Lemuria was in a matter of decades an idea adopted by many ‘otherworldly’-oriented philosophical organizations and individuals,” according to a release from SLT. By the mid-1930s spiritual tourism to Mount Shasta began in earnest.

Miesse will discuss “the modern metaphysical ideas about the mountain since those ideas can be linked in a surprising number of ways to the earliest proponents of a Lemurian civilization.”

He will also argue that "the natural transcendent beauty of Mount Shasta, especially with it's ephemeral clouds and rarefied at times nearly ultraviolet colors, lends itself to philosophical thoughts of other dimensions.”

Miesse wrote “Sudden and Solitary: Mount Shasta and its Artistic Legacy  1841-2008,” co-published in 2008 by Turtle Bay Exploration Park and Heyday Books. In 1993 he compiled and wrote “Mount Shasta: an Annotated Bibliography,” as a catalog for the extensive Mount Shasta Collection at the College of the Siskiyous Library. The bibliography is available online as part of the Mount Shasta Companion website from the College of the Siskiyous Library (website: www.siskiyous.edu/shasta)

The bibliography consists of 34 chapters totaling over 1,500 entries, with quotes and explanations, for books and articles about the Mount Shasta volcano and has several chapters documenting the various legends of Mount Shasta.

The program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Mt. Shasta Resort. A $5 donation per person is suggested.