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Roger Tory Peterson; The Life, The Work, The Legacy

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018

Field Guide cover – 1st edition, 1934

In the early 1900s, Jamestown, New York’s urban nature inspired young Roger Tory Peterson to pursue his celebrated career as a naturalist, nature artist and influential educator. Peterson brought the study of natural history to the people, in a time when this was the realm of academia only. Through his field guides he opened the eyes of millions of everyday people to the beauty and intrinsic value of nature that exists in our backyards.

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) of Natural History is the only official institutional steward of Roger Tory Peterson’s body of work and his enduring legacy. It is our mission to successfully foster understanding, appreciation and protection of the natural world in the spirit of Dr. Peterson’s many accomplishments.

From April 21st through August 5th, 2018, RTPI will present a new exhibition, Roger Tory Peterson; The Life, The Work, The Legacy, comprised entirely of pieces from our archives. This show will feature never before exhibited original works from the Peterson Collection, along with significant artifacts and memorabilia that tell the story of Roger Tory Peterson’s life and work.

Visit RTPI to experience the life works of renowned artist, naturalist, photographer, filmmaker and author Roger Tory Peterson. In addition to nature trails in a beautiful wooded setting, the Institute features nature art and photography exhibits, a museum store, and world-class architecture by Robert A. M. Stern.