A Remarkable Man: Carl Ethan Akeley

Sunday, October 24, 1:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester


This self-made man, with only a 3rd grade education, managed to change the world in which he lived. Born in 1864, his inventions, discoveries, and adventures were all motivated by his curiosity and love of nature. He is credited with inventing some of the first cameras and motion picture movies. Ackley perfected the art of taxidermy and his efforts are still displayed in our major museums. The large elephant at the Field Museum took him many years to perfect and is amazingly life-like. He was especially inspired by his trips to Africa despite his near death experiences. It was there that he became convinced a sanctuary for gorillas was necessary to preserve their survival. He worked tirelessly convincing the powers that be, to do just that. In the end, he succeeded. His was a life of both adventure and purpose. Hope to see you at the Prairie House.

Presenter: Jack MacRae