"Little" Osa Johnson


Safari Museum

The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum will be open free to the public during Artist Alley. Please join us for an open house 10-5 this Saturday. Everyone is welcome to tour the special exhibit “FACES: South Seas Portraits by two Kansans with a Kodak” and watch Johnson movies in our Snark Theater.

Looking further ahead, the museum’s annual fundraising gala is Saturday, October 19. With the gala falling close to Halloween, participants are encouraged to come in costumes (although that is certainly optional). Need ideas? This year’s theme is Black & White. Local celebrity judges Lance and Mendy Burnett will award trophies for best costumes and table decorations. Watch for a variety of fun character costumes and, maybe, even a few villains!

Festivities begin at 6 pm in the Venue on Main. A fabulous meal will be prepared by C&S Traveling Kitchen. We’re also delighted to announce the return of everyone’s favorite auctioneer, Dave Petersen. Look for a great selection of silent and live auction items ranging from condo stays and spirits to signed books and art. New in 2019 will be a dance with music provided by local DJ Dave Goeringer.

Businesses have the opportunity to underwrite event costse to help support Safari Museum® operations throughout the year. Underwriting is available at the $500 Gold, $250 Silver, and $100 Bronze levels. The cost to participate is $45 per person. Tables of eight can also be reserved. Please contact the museum at 

431-2730 to make reservations or for underwriting details. Note: October 19 also happens to be Sweetest Day. This is a prefect opportunity for you and your sweetheart to enjoy a fun night out!

A couple years ago Chanute Tribune editor Stu Butcher wrote about a young Osa Johnson in Exeter, England who was named after Chanute’s own Osa Johnson. Kelly Johnson, Osa’s mom, kindly sent us a new, totally adorable, picture of Osa wearing her school uniform and modeling an “I Married Adventure” tote bag (available in our Osa’s Ark Museum Store).

The young Osa is in Year 2 (equivalent to 1st Grade in the US). Coincidently, the Cuddington Primary School in Sandiway, England is using Chanute’s Osa Johnson as the 2019-2020 focus of history and geography lessons for Skylarks — Year 2 students. It might be interesting for local teachers to look at this school’s curriculum. For more information visit https://www.cuddington.cheshire.sch.uk/class/skylarks---year-2.

Osa Johnson also serves as inspiration for adults. Earlier this year The House of Rolfe website posted the story “Let’s Talk Archetypes” (http://www.houseofrolfe.co.uk/lets-talk-archetypes/). Osa is their example of the Explorer archetype— “the seeker of adventure, ambition, and individualism.” Osa is indeed a positive role model for women of all ages!

The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum and Osa’s Ark Museum Store are open Tuesday through Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5, and at other times by appointment. For more information call the museum at 431-2730 or visit us online at SafariMuseum.com and on Facebook.


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