“Safari Travelogue Speaker Series 2014″

Safari Travelogue presents Romania and Ireland, ‘In Search of Dracula’

Transylvania poenari castle ruins

Join in Tuesday, Oct. 28 for a frightfully literary Safari Travelogue Speakers Series event presented by Jacquelyn Borgeson, curator of the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum.

Through a photographic travelogue of her trips to both Transylvania and Dublin, Borgeson will discuss the legend and lore of renown Irish author Bram Stoker’s classic gothic novel, “Dracula.”

“Dracula is arguably one of the most famous characters in popular culture,” says Borgeson. “He has been portrayed by more actors in more visual media adaptations of the novel than any other horror character. I majored in literature and history, so the chance to follow the literary and literal footsteps of both Dracula and Vlad the Impaler, the real life Prince whom Stoker used for inspiration, was the perfect merger of both fields of study.”

Jacquelyn Borgeson Curator Transylvania birthplace of Vlad Tepes aka Vlad the Impaler

Doors open in the Safari Museum on the 28th at 6:45 with the program scheduled to start at 7. Light refreshments will be provided and the event is free to the public.  Please call (620) 431-2730 for directions, questions or more information on this or any Safari Museum-related program.




New Johnson Biography

Across the World with the Johnsons: Visual Culture and American Empire in the Twentieth Century
Prue Ahrens, Lamont Lindstrom and Fiona Paisley
Ashgate, November 2013.


During the interwar period Osa and Martin Johnson became famous for their films that brought exotic and far-off locations to the American cinema. Before the advent of mass tourism and television, their films played a major part in providing the means by which large audiences in the US and beyond became familiar with distant and ‘wild’ places across the world. Taking the celebrity of the Johnsons as its case study, this book investigates the influence of these new forms of visual culture, showing how they created their own version of America’s imperial drama. By representing themselves as benevolent figures engaged in preserving on film the world’s last wild places and peoples, the Johnsons’ films educated U.S. audiences about their apparent destiny to rule, contributing significantly to the popularity of empire.

Bringing together research in the fields of film and politics – including gender and empire, historical anthropology, photography and visual studies – this book provides a comprehensive evaluation of the Johnsons, their work and its impact. It considers the Johnsons as a celebrity duo, their status as national icons, how they promoted themselves and their expeditions, and how their careers informed American expansionism, thus providing the first scholarly investigation of this remarkable couple and their extensive output over nearly three decades and across several continents.