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Anthropologist Susan Kaplan speaks about her research on the Arctic expeditions of Maine-based explorer Robert Peary.

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.

12:00 pm
$5/Free for Merryspring members
Part of the Spring Talk series sponsored by Camden National Bank.


Robert Peary’s ship the SS Roosevelt encountering ice. Courtesy of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College.