Arctic Museum

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.

The Answer is Always Bowdoin College, Except on ‘Jeopardy!’ When It’s the Question

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.

Revisiting an Arctic Mystery

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 Papp Gets All Dolled Up for Sail on Schooner Bowdoin

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.

Arctic Lessons Aboard the Schooner Bowdoin

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.

Maine and the Arctic: International Experts Convene at Bowdoin to Discuss Challenges in the Arctic

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.

The Shared History of Maine and the Arctic

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.

‘Defying the Ice: Shipwreck and Rescue of the Karluk’ at Arctic Museum

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.

The Story Behind the Story: Fresh Perspectives on Peary’s North Pole Quest

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.

Tweeting From Greenland: Bowdoin Archaeologist Shares Stories from the Field

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)

Campus Walking Tour Maps ‘The Offer of the College’

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).

Bowdoin Archaeologist Headed to Greenland to Investigate Ancient Arctic Mystery

“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.”

Birds Take Center Stage at the Arctic Museum April 28

“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 People Seek Greater Role in Arctic Policy

“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.”

Photographer and Artist-in-Residence Wendy Ewald Helps Communities Document Themselves

“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.”

Arctic Museum Shines Light on First African American at North Pole

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.

Peary Pairing: New Matthew Henson Doll Joins Plush Peary in Arctic Museum Shop

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.

Arctic Museum Receives Grant to Digitize Hundred-Year-Old Collection

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.

Arctic Student Staff Sorts Through the Past, Designs for the Future

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.