Historian to speak about Maine-based explorer Robert Peary at Merryspring

Posted:  Friday, April 6, 2018 - 2:00pm
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CAMDEN —  Historian Susan Kaplan will speak about her research on the Arctic expeditions of Maine-based explorer Robert Peary at Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, April 17, at noon.

Over the last decade, Dr. Kaplan and some of her colleagues have ferreted out new information about Peary's North Pole expeditions. They have contacted descendants of crew members, conducted an archaeological investigation of Peary's base camps on the edge of the Polar Sea, read crew members' journals and correspondence, and talked with the relatives of Inuit who worked with Peary between 1905 and 1909. In this richly illustrated talk, Dr. Kaplan will discuss some of their findings and will reflect on ways the Arctic has changed.

Susan A. Kaplan is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center at Bowdoin College. She is an anthropologist and archaeologist who does most of her work in northern Labrador.

This program is part of the Spring Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by Camden National Bank. Tuesday talks are open to the public for $5, with free admittance granted for members of Merryspring.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program please contact info@merryspring.org or call (207) 236-2239.

Event Date: 
Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
Merryspring Nature Center, Rt. 1, Camden, ME
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(207) 236-2239
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