Levi Fisher Ames (1843 - 1923)

Birth date: 1843 Death date: 1923  
Birth location: Pennsylvania Death location:  
Media: Decorative Art , Folk & Outsider Art , Woodcarving Web site:
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Biographical Brief

1843, born in Pennsylvania, moved to Green County, Wisconsin as a teen, and worked as a carpenter.
1865, returned to Monroe, Wisconsin after serving in the Union Army's 37th Regiment of Illinois Volunteers.
1880, photographed and carved real and fictional animals for his "cabinet of curiosities" to create
          a traveling tent show called the "L.F. Ames Museum of Art".
1923, after his death, the Ames Museum was traded to a Chicago pawnshop for $133.
1933, the Ames family reclaimed the carved menagerie to keep it from being lost or broken up.
2001, grandson, Howard Johnson, donated the intact boxed museum to the John Michael Kohler
          Arts Center where it remains today.

Wisconsin Affiliations

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Wisconsin Art Organizations

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