An official Path Through History Site! A nature center, gallery, and library dedicated to the life's work of famed ornithologist and wildlife artist Roger Tory Peterson, as well as works from other internationally acclaimed wildlife artists. Born and raised in Jamestown, New York, Roger Tory Peterson became the premier artist-naturalist of his time. He is best known for his pioneering field guides that sparked a worldwide movement to connect people with nature as never before. In 1984, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown to preserve his lifetime body of work. A decade later, the Institute cut the ribbon on its new home – a 23,000 square foot architectural gem, designed by Robert A.M. Stern. The building – nestled within 28 acres of wooded land that inspired the young Peterson to fall in love with the natural world – houses the largest, most comprehensive collection of Peterson’s artwork, photographs, films, manuscripts, and related archival materials.