Wisconsin Historical Society Archives Exhibit: Sigurd Olson and Owen Gromme at Northern Great Lakes Visitors Center
The journals & scrapbooks of Sigurd Olson and Owen Gromme will be available for viewing in the Wisconsin Historical Society Archives on the second floor.
Sigurd Olson, “Defender of the Wilderness”, and Owen Gromme, “Dean of Wildlife Artists”, were both active in preserving the country’s ecological heritage during the 20th Century. Sigurd helped draft the federal Wilderness Act, and was influential in establishing Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, as well as promoting the concept of the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area.
Owen Gromme was told in 1922, as he began his curatorial position at the Milwaukee Public Museum, that part of his job was the “conservation of natural resources”, a task he zealously undertook. Gromme was an early proponent of bag limits, and along with Aldo Leopold, drafted legislation to protect herons, hawks, and owls. He was also the force behind saving and restoring the Horicon Marsh and Wildlife Refuge in southern Wisconsin, as well as actively promoting Ducks Unlimited wetland restoration efforts.