Opening April 19: Northern Clothing and Identity in the Spotlight at the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum
“Threads of Change: Clothing and Identity in the North” looks at how people in the Arctic have kept themselves warm and dry in the past and how they do so today. It also examines how, over the last 100 years or so, northern people have innovated and changed some aspects of their attire, while also retaining and wearing traditional clothes reflecting the styles of their ancestors.
Bowdoin College got a shout-out on Jeopardy! March 1, 2017, when the popular game show featured the College as the correct response to an answer in the category A Small College.
A Century Later, Author Describes MacMillan’s Crocker Land Expedition: ‘A Wretched and Precarious Situation’
Among the challenges facing MacMillan and his colleagues were a drunken sea captain, Arctic blizzards, marooned rescue parties, and a crewman-turned-murderer.
On a practical level there was an urgency about this archaeological trip to Greenland, brought about by the fact that the landscape is altering rapidly due to climate change.
Admiral Robert Papp, USCG (Ret.), the State Department’s Special Representative for the Arctic, had some fun on the way to the Senior Arctic Officials meeting of the Arctic Council with an excursion on the Schooner Bowdoin — accompanied by the globe-trotting Peary and Henson dolls.
In advance of the Senior Arctic Officials meeting of the Arctic Council in Portland, Maine, Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr., USCG (Ret.), the U.S. State Department’s Special Representative for the Arctic, boarded the Schooner Bowdoin for a first-hand look at the historic vessel and an afternoon on Casco Bay.
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center hosted an international gathering of scholars and policymakers who discussed the challenges of effective maritime governance during the two-day “Governing Across the Waves” workshop September 26-27, 2016.
In advance of the Senior Arctic Officials meeting of the Arctic Council in Portland, Susan Kaplan and Genevieve LeMoine have written a piece for the State Department’s ‘Our Arctic Nation’ blog.
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum’s newest exhibition, ‘Defying the Ice: Shipwreck and Rescue of the Karluk,’ features a dramatic story told using documents never before seen by the public.
Susan Kaplan, director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center at Bowdoin College, will share fresh insights from the journey to the North Pole.
On her seven-week archaeological excavation, Genevieve LeMoine is carrying an inReach—basically a satellite text messenger that allows her to post to Twitter (@IItaArchaeology) and Facebook (also IitaArchaeology)
College secretary and unofficial Bowdoin historian John Cross offered a walking tour, illustrating how the campus was transformed under the presidency of William De Witt Hyde (1885-1917).
“One of the holy grails of archaeology is to find out if the Dorset and Thule people were in contact, and that is a very difficult thing to prove,” Archaeologist Genevieve LeMoine said. “But this site seems to be one of the kinds of sites that would be able to do that, perhaps, if it in fact happened.”
“The Power of Flight: Visions of Birds in Inuit Art” explores the many ways in which birds have figured in Inuit culture and inspired Inuit artists.
“Indigenous groups know the region better than anyone on earth, so I think in terms of informing the kind of science that gets done in the Arctic they’re critical, also in terms of understanding how the environment’s changing and what it means for people who live there.”
“To say I’m a documentarian feels limiting. It’s not a case of of “this is true” or “this isn’t true”, but “this is how people see it” and I think there may be many ways how people see things.”
A weekly Tumblr series, “Matt Henson Monday,” written by The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum to honor the first African American explorer of the Arctic, has been attracting much attention.
World traveler Matthew A. Henson traversed the frozen Arctic Ocean to reach the North Pole with Robert E. Peary. His likeness has been captured in a new doll available at the Arctic Museum.
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation has awarded the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center a $10,000 grant to digitize journals and correspondence of the scientists on the Crocker Land Expedition.
Two of the students who worked for the Arctic Museum this summer — Tanisha Francis ’18 and Will Brockett ’18 — explored the museum archives, inspecting old objects for damage. Two others — Wildon Kaplan ’17 and Inho Hwang ’16 — designed new technology to enhance the museum experience.