Missouri native Marlin Perkins lived a truly wild life. In addition to serving as the director of the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and then the St. Louis Zoo, Perkins hosted two popular television programs—Zoo Parade (1949–1957) and the award-winning Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, which ran for 26 seasons starting in 1961. P
ulling from the more than 2,000 photographs housed in the St. Louis Research Center’s Marlin Perkins Papers, this exhibition explores some of the most legendary, dangerous, funny, and touching moments of Perkins’s life as they were captured on camera and in writing.
With over 40 photographs, hand-written documents, and a few surprises, the exhibit highlights Perkins’s contributions to wildlife conservation through his work at the zoo, on television, and in the wild. This opening event will include an exhibit walkthrough led by the curator, SHSMO’s graduate assistant Miles Jenks.
Registration appreciated but not required.
Thursday, December 6 at 6:00pm
Thomas Jefferson Library, State Historical Society of Missouri-St. Louis