In preparation for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Mary Orvis Marbury created wooden panels featuring flies and photographs to represent her father’s outdoor equipment retailer, C. F. Orvis Company. These panels were rediscovered in 1963 as Hermann Kessler was conducting research for Field and Stream magazine. He approached the new owner of Orvis, Leigh Perkins and in 1968 the American Museum of Fly Fishing was founded. Fifty years after this historic event, AMFF is now the world’s largest repository and conservator of angling related artifacts, including our 7,000 volume Gardner L. Grant Library.

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AMFF Board of Trustees – Acknowledging Their Years of Service

In fifty years we have had 247 trustees, all of whom have helped shape AMFF into what it is today: an authority in fly-fishing history, a community of vast and significant supporters, and the holder of some of the world’s most important fly-fishing artifacts. We invite you to view a list of all past and present trustees with their years of service.

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As a former president and long-time member of the Board of Trustees, I ask you to join me in celebrating the American Museum of Fly Fishing’s 50th year by donating to its endowment.  The endowment contains restricted funds, forms the financial bedrock of the Museum, and symbolizes its solidarity and continuity.  Each dollar you donate will be matched by me up to $100,000 and will support the Museum’s mission.

Thank you,

Richard Tisch

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Celebrating Our 50th in NYC

A crowd of more than 120 people gathered at the Racquet and Tennis Club in New York City on May 3 to celebrate AMFF’s fiftieth anniversary at our annual dinner and auction. Leadership Circle guests were graciously welcomed to the cocktail reception hosted by AMFF Heritage Award recipient Paul Volcker and his wife, Anke. Attendees were able to enjoy a drink or two on a sultry evening and peruse a plethora of auction items kindly donated to benefit the museum.

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