“Tantalizing Tanzania…with Gary K. Clarke FRIDAY, March 7th”
Join us Friday March 7th at noon for an amazing program given by Gary K. Clarke who has personally lead 140 safaris to Africa. Gary designed the trip for two to Tanzania the museum is giving away in May 2015. Learn more about the 14 day adventure here!
“Safari Travelogue Speaker Series 2014: Thursday March 13th”
Join us one evening a month to explore other lands through the tales, photographs & artifacts presented by travelogue speakers at the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum. These programs will be free to the public and light refreshments will be served.
The next scheduled speaker is Vivian Rowan plus both local and national members of the Haiti Mission Team from the 1st Baptist Church. Doors open at 6:45, program begins at 7pm.
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.