Emannuel Vivrano works on a stone animal sculpture for Brookfield Zoo as part of the Works Projects Administration. | Photo courtesy of the National Archives

The next regular monthly meeting of the Brookfield Historical Society will feature a speaker on a home-town favorite, the Brookfield Zoo. 

Carla Owens, the zoo’s library manager, archivist, and historian, will discuss the zoo’s history of art work and architecture at the Grossdale Station, 8820½ Brookfield Ave. on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m.

 Among the areas she will cover is a Works Progress Administration studio of artists that worked on sculptures, way-finding signs and maps.

Owens is the co-author, with Douglas Deuchler, of the 2009 Arcadia history book, Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society. She is a member of the Chicago Art Deco Society and wrote an article, “Lions and Tigers and Bears — and Deco, Art Deco Flourishes at the Brookfield Zoo,” which was the cover story of the Chicago Art Deco Society magazine in spring 2011.

The event is open to the public and admission is free.