The Shared History of Maine and the Arctic

Susan Kaplan and Genevieve LeMoine at the site of Arctic explorer Robert Peary’s 1908–09 shore camp on Floeberg Beach, Ellesmere Island, Canada.

Susan Kaplan and Genevieve LeMoine at the site of Arctic explorer Robert Peary’s 1908–09 shore camp on Floeberg Beach, Ellesmere Island, Canada.

The U.S. Department of State selected Portland, Maine, as the location for the Senior Arctic Officials meeting of the Arctic Council October 5-6, 2016, in recognition of Maine’s significant engagement in the Arctic region.

In advance of this high-level meeting, Bowdoin’s Susan Kaplan and Genevieve LeMoine have written a piece for the State Department’s Our Arctic Nation blog.

“Maine is not in the Arctic, but in many ways it is part of the Arctic,” writes Kaplan, an anthropologist and director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, with LeMoine, an archaeologist who serves as the Arctic Museum’s curator and registrar.

Read about Bowdoin’s and Maine’s connections in their piece, “Maine & the Arctic: A Shared History.”

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