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Every zoo has a celebrity resident that captures the imaginations and hearts of the people who are fortunate to see him or her. One such celebrity was Samson the gorilla who lived at the Milwaukee County Zoo until his death in 1981. He was believed to be the largest gorilla in captivity and was known worldwide. Darlene Winter will discuss how this magnificent gorilla inspired her to write the first book about Sampson, I Remember Sampson, in collaboration with Samson’s longtime keeper and friend, Sam LaMalfa.
Winter is also co-author of the book The Milwaukee Zoo, with Elizabeth Frank and Mary Kazmierczak, about the history of the zoo from its inception at West Park in 1892 to become one of the finest zoos in the country. Frank will talk about how the zoo grew from humble beginnings to its significant role in national and international conservation programs. Throughout its history, the zoo has been recognized for innovative exhibit design and has flourished through the cooperation of Milwaukee County and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, a public-private relationship that has existed successfully since 1910.
Kazmierczak, librarian and information specialist for the Milwaukee County Zoo and Zoological Society of Milwaukee, will cap off the lecture with her personal insight into the zoo’s library and the historical memorabilia it holds.
About the Presenters
Darlene Winter is a graduate of Alverno College with a degree in Professional Communications. She has been a Zoo Pride docent at the Milwaukee County Zoo for 14 years. In addition to co-authoring the zoo’s history book, The Milwaukee Zoo, with Elizabeth Frank and Mary Kazmierczak, she has also written I Remember Samson.
Elizabeth Frank graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Animal Science. She has 33 years of experience working in and with zoos, 20 of which she served as Curator of Large Mammals at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Frank has been a Zoo Pride volunteer since her retirement and developed the zoo’s award-winning library and archives.
Mary Kazmierczak has a BA and MA in political science from Marquette University and a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the librarian and information specialist for the Milwaukee County Zoo and Zoological Society of Milwaukee, and is responsible for preserving the history of the zoo. Kazmierczak has been a Zoo Pride volunteer since 1998.
At the Door Admission: $10 | Seniors/Students with IDs: $5 | Members: FREE
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