Two New Safari-themed exhibitions at Wilbur D.May Museum

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  • The spirit of adventure lives at the Wilbur D. May Museum this fall with the opening of two new safari-themed exhibitions. See the world through the eyes of pioneering explorers who documented disappearing landscapes, wildlife, and cultures of remote areas of the world in the early 20th century – leaving an important source of ethnological and zoological material for researchers of today.

    “Married to Adventure” tells the story of Martin and Osa Johnson – daring naturalists, filmmakers, photographers, explorers, and American heroes of the 1910s-1930s. The Johnsons brought the adventure and fascination of far-away lands into the homes of millions of Americans with their sold-out movies, books, and lectures. Together, Martin and Osa escaped cannibals in the South Pacific, filmed wild animals in Africa, and more. Osa Johnson was a role model for women everywhere as she published books, hosted her own wildlife series for television, and even designed her own line of safari clothes for women! This fascinating exhibition is on loan from the Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas and features more than 100 original photographs, movie posters, and artifacts that capture the romance and adventure that characterized Martin and Osa’s life together.

    “On Safari” comes from the May Museum archives and features never-before-seen photographs and artifacts from Wilbur May’s first African safari in 1929. At the age of 30, Wilbur traveled to Africa alongside famed hunter and guide Sir Denys Finch Hatton (portrayed by Robert Redford in the film Out of Africa). Wilbur documented the months-long expedition in photographs of the people, places, and animals of the countries he visited.

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