About the Event

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.