The Wilbur D. May Museum is celebrating the opening of two new safari-themed exhibitions with a Safari Soiree reception. Guests will enjoy evening access to the new exhibits, a special lecture, music, refreshments, and more. Safari attire or period clothing encouraged!
“Married to Adventure” tells the exciting story of Martin & Osa Johnson, acclaimed filmmakers, photographers, explorers, and American heroes of the early 20th century. Together, the Johnsons escaped cannibals in the South Pacific, tracked big game in Africa, and more. This fascinating exhibition features more than 100 original photographs, films, and artifacts that capture the romance and adventure of Martin & Osa’s life together.
“On Safari” features never-before-seen photographs and artifacts from the Wilbur D. May Museum archive that chronicle Wilbur May’s first African safari in 1929. Travel across the continent through the eyes of a young Wilbur May, who documented the people, places, and animals of the countries he visited during his months-long trek.
The Safari Soiree will also include:
* 6:00pm-7:00pm ~ Jacquelyn Borgeson Zimmer, curator of the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute, Kansas. She will share background information on the creation of the Married to Adventure exhibition and discuss the importance of preserving biographical based museum collections.
* 7:00pm – 8:00pm ~ Live music from local band “Lucky Diamond and the Gents of Jive.” This five-piece group performs lively 1920s and 1930s jazz and swing.
When: Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 5:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Wilbur D. May Museum, Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno
Cost: $20.00 per person. Tickets on sale now.
Contact: (775) 785-5961 or www.maycenter.com
Located within Rancho San Rafael Regional Park, the Wilbur D. May Center is managed by the Washoe County Community Services Department and continues to receive generous support from the Wilbur May Foundation.