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    Final Friday Film Event: The Adventure Lovers Sept 25 in Wichita

Final Friday Film Event: The Adventure Lovers Sept 25 in Wichita

Martin and Osa Johnson, Kansas’ own exploring duo, were best known around the world as “The boy and girl next door who made movies far away” during the 1920s and 30s. Their legacy of motion pictures and unprecedented wildlife photography continue to draw the interest of international scholars as well as the general public. People around the world still thrill to the romance and adventure that mark the Johnson’s lives thanks to public programs designed by the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum in Chanute, KS.

On September 25, Final Friday audiences will get to experience the excitement of seeing Martin and Osa’s story on the silver screen once more at the Downtown Senior Center in Wichita. This film celebration, hosted by Senior Services, Inc. of Wichita, will begin at 6 p.m. when doors will open for a short reception. There will be introductions and a documentary film will start at 6:45 p.m. The curator of the Safari Museum, Jacquelyn Borgeson Zimmer, will present a brief talk on the Johnsons and discuss exhibition photographs and artifacts from the museum during the pre-show reception and will take questions from the crowd after the film screening.

Adventure Lovers, the English language version of the French “Les Amants de l’Aventure” will be the featured presentation of this evening. Shot on location in Africa, New York and Kansas, this was the first full length documentary produced on the life and times of the Johnsons. At its debut, the film won the Grand Prize at the Jules Verne Film Festival in Paris and it has been translated into five languages for showings across the globe. “2015 is the 75th Anniversary of Osa Johnson’s […]

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Safari High Tea Sunday, October 11, 2015

Our annual Safari High Tea will be on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum from 12:30 to 2:00pm!

The theme this year is “Books” to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Osa Johnson’s I Married Adventure. We’re pleased to announce that this year our featured musical entertainment will be the mellifluous piano stylings of Grace Romain Stacy.

Seating is limited, so please call the museum at 620-431-2730 to reserve a tea cup with your name on it today!

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HATARI SAFARI Saturday September 19th

Join us for our annual Fundraiser Dinner Event & Charity Auction! For 2015 we’re shaking up our Gala theme & going out into the field to fund raise so we can make Learning a Lifelong Adventure!
 Theme: “Hatari Safari”—Saddle Up to Channel your Inner African Cowboy or Cowgirl!
MC: Paul Myers as Martin Johnson, imitating John Wayne!
Lodging: Participants can reserve cottages or rooms at Lil’ Toledo
For more information, please call 620-244-5668 or check out their facilities online at: www.liltoledo.com
Attire: Safari Casual
2pm-5pm Afternoon Family Event: $20 per family/carload
For the first time, the museum is adding a Family Fun Component to this annual Fundraising Event!  From 2-5pm, join us for vintage fun and games like archery, scavenger hunting on one mile trail, a “fishing” derby, bobbing for apples, three-legged races, wheelbarrow races, stick horse races, a fire pit with S’mores, clay shooting, and more!
Call to reserve a spot today: 620-431-2730
6:30pm- 9pm Evening Dinner Event: $40 ($45 after August 31)
Evening Schedule 
6:30 pm – Social Hour-Mix, Mingle & bid on Adventure Auction Items…every dollar raised at our Charity Auction means one student tours the museum for FREE!
7:00 pm – Dinner: Whole Hog Roast!
 7:45 pm – Silent Adventure Auction Ends
 7:45 pm – Entertainment: Teddy Pruitt & Kim Rice, the winners of 2015’s Trip for Two to Africa, will show photos from, and regale the crowd with, tales of retracing the footsteps of Martin and Osa Johnson on an actual African Safari!  Highlights of the trip that will be covered include three days on the Serengeti and having lunch at Momella Lodge, the site used to film John Wayne’s African epic film, HATARI!
8:15 pm – Reveal of Location & Launch of 2016’s Trip of a LifeTime Giveaway
8:30 pm – […]

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Adventure Duck Race August 1st

The 2015 Adventure Duck Race is over…and the WINNERS are:

Adventure Duck Racer #82: LARRY TAYLOR

Adventure Duck Racer #240: TIFFANY REBBECK

Adventure Duck Racer #196: JUDY FROEHLICH

Adventure Duck Racer #228: STEPHANIE McADAM

Adventure Duck Racer #31: CONNIE WOODARD

Adventure Duck Racer #7: RICK RUTTER

Adventure Duck Racer #130: CHAD VAN HOUDEN

Adventure Duck Racer #25: JERRY TALLENT

Adventure Duck Racer #36: CONNIE WOODARD

Adventure Duck Racer #108: SUSAN NINNEMAN

WINNER of the OsaDuck Challenge: JASON CLEAVER

Please Thank Our Business & Individual Sponsors!
Their Talents & Generosity   TODAY   Help Our Museum
Make Learning a LIFELONG Adventure!

Adventure Duck Race Support Crew!

Thank you Merle Kelly Ford of Chanute for covering the cost of bring our 250 Adventure duck Racers to Chanute!

These Sponsors provided Prizes, In kind Support or made Financial Contributions to
Allow EVERY race dollar raised to go to our Johnson Education Legacy Fund
which provides for our FREE FAMILY FUN EVENTS 360 Days Per Year!
 David Bideau, Bideau Law Office
Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism
 Cleaver Farm & Home
Tim and Tara Cunningham 
Muffy Fehr
Heather Showalter Frese
Kurt Kluin, Kluin Law Office
Lloyd Zimmer Books & Maps
Main Street Chanute
MRH Insurance Group
Osa’s Ark Museum Shop 
Kent Pringle, Attorney
Ranz Motor Company
Stephanie MacAdam, StephieMc Designs
Linus Thuston, Attorney
Young Professionals of Chanute
This Education Department Fundraiser would be stalled in the deep end if not for our generous sponsors…
Please thank these individuals when you see them & support their businesses for helping our non-profit museum make
Learning a Lifelong Adventure.
We plan to launch a bigger and better Adventure Duck Race in 2016 and we look forward to using the Maring Aquatic Center again next year and appreciate all the assistance Steve and Tamara Slane provided in race set up and go time!

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Safari Speakers Travelogue Series

Once a month we host speakers from far and near to discuss their travels FAR away!


Safari Travelogue, Thursday June 18th
Israel: Talk will be presented by Pastor Tom Eastman

Safari Travelogue programs are free to the public and light refreshments will be offered. On Thursday, June 18th, doors will open on the second floor of the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum at 6:45pm with the program to begin at 7pm. Please call 620-431-2730 for more information on this or any museum related program.

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Lizzie Le Blond’s Norway Trip 1900-1901

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    THE ARK OF LIGHTS AND SHADOWS: A documentary of Martin & Osa Johnson

THE ARK OF LIGHTS AND SHADOWS: A documentary of Martin & Osa Johnson

The feature independent documentary THE ARK OF LIGHTS AND SHADOWS by director Jan Svatoš will present the work and legacy of the outstanding American filmmakers, writers and adventurers, Martin and Osa Johnson, for the first time and in a new perspective.

Long before Joy Adamson wrote the book about Elsa the lioness, before the first African National park was ever founded an incredible story had taken place …
The documentary THE ARK OF LIGHTS AND SHADOWS will reawaken not only the remarkable life story and work of both adventurers, but also their modern ideas, which are so in tune with the contemporary concepts of humanism and environmental protection.

With this film, Jan Svatoš follows up not only on his triple awarded directorial debut Africa Obscura (2011), whose success received coverage in both European and US media, but also continues work and treatment on a number of the projects he realized in collaboration with the American Embassy in Prague.

The Engish website with more information can be found HERE!

Click HERE to see the amazing official teaser trailer for The Ark of Lights and Shadows!


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Safari Trip Drawing Update: And the Winner is…

Teddy Pruitt Letter – March 2015And the Safari Trip Winner is…Mr. Teddy Pruitt! Teddy, who owns a flying service crop dusting in rural Arkansas, discovered Martin & Osa years ago when he flew into SEKansas on business. He was enthralled by their adventures, immediately became an ardent fan, bought all their books & also became a museum member. We’re thrilled to have a new, but oh so devoted fan of Martin & Osa win this chance! Teddy is taking a week to share the news with his Osa and decide whether to take the trip or take the cash out option & plan their own itinerary. We’ll have updates as soon as possible. Since we don’t have a photo of Teddy Pruitt to share yet, we’ll use the “Teddy” we have lots of photos of until we do! On behalf of the museum staff and board we would like to thank everyone who entered; we’re sorry everyone can’t go, but your donation will truly make a difference by supporting our educational services!


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Sister Museums Around the Globe!

The Safari Museum has had the pleasure of working with wonderful “sister” museums in Africa and Malaysia on joint projects.  This summer is the tenth anniversary of our partnership with the Sabah Museum in Kota Kinabalu and we’ll be highlighting joint activities and projects of our staff and volunteers on both sides of the globe!

This is the most recent news article about our ongoing effort to find early footage taken by Martin and Osa in North Borneo and find a way  to make it available to throughout the state of Sabah!



This fall will be the 15th anniversary of our initial partnership with the Manega Museum in Burkina Faso and we’ll be highlighting our partnership with them starting in October!




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Dr. Scott Coates and lance Burton, aka “Team Safari Museum” at Dirty Kanza Bike Competition, May 31st.

From Dr. Coates:It is an honor to represent The Safari Museum.  The shirt design was fantastic.  Maybe we’ll see more  of it in the future.  As I passed one rider, he said “Safari…..I didn’t know Chanute had big game?”. To which I replied ” just take a picture of the qr code, you’ll see”.  I also felt the event perfectly fit the spirit of Osa, Martin and Lizzie…..I even had to fix a flat along the way. Thanks again.

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