Upcoming Polar Programs

Timing is everything. Programs about swimming, fairs and festivals, or lobster bakes would seem entirely out of place in January, just as snow-and-ice related presentations likely would not draw big crowds during the dog days of summer. But two programs coming up at MHS this month are about as seasonally-appropriate as you can get.

Charles Lagerbom with some friends.
Charles Lagerbom with some friends.

On Thursday, January 24, at 7PM, polar scholar and Antarctican Society President Charles Lagerbom gives a slideshow presentation on “Dirigo North and South: Maine’s Long and Varied Connection with the Polar World.”

On the following Tuesday, January 29, at 12PM, author Jason Anthony shares some of the fascinating details and anecdotes from his critically-praised new book, Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day, and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine.

Lagerbom, who has worked in Antarctica with glacial geology research teams from the University of Maine, and is currently a doctoral candidate in History at the university, examines how the state of Maine has long enjoyed a special connection with the ends of the earth in areas such as exploration, whaling, Cape Horners, ships, and science. Lagerbom is an avid polar book collector; his library numbers more than 3,500 titles.

HooshHoosh author Anthony spent eight seasons with the United States Antarctic Program. He worked for eight austral summers as a Waste Management Specialist, Fuels Operator, Cargo Handler, and Skiway Groomer. The New York Times calls Anthony a “fine, visceral writer and a witty observer… who demonstrates genuine respect, compassion and a kind of hopeless love for his quixotic subjects and their grandiose, miserable hungers.” Hoosh has been shortlisted for the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards in the U.K. The book will be available for purchase in the MHS museum store and Anthony will conduct a book signing following the talk.

Please join us for these two intriguing programs about faraway places. More information about both presentations, and the nearly 20 other winter/spring public programs at MHS can be found on our Programs & Events page.

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