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Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast

  • 9/25/2014 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Location: Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

Smithsonian Institution Arctic archaeologist William Fitzhugh and Maine-based photographer Wilfred Richard will speak Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm in Kresge Auditorium, on the Bowdoin College campus. Their illustrated lecture coincides with the release of their new book, Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast, published by the Smithsonian Institution Press. Following the lecture there will be a reception at the Arctic Museum, where they will sign copies of their book. Also visitors will have a chance to view an exhibit of some of Richard’s photographs. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

William Fitzhugh has spent over three decades studying cultures of northern Canada, Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, and Scandinavia. His work as an archaeologist and anthropologist has focused on the cultural and environmental history of Labrador and southern Quebec, the evolution of maritime cultures, contact between native populations and Europeans, and the origins of reindeer herding. He is the head of the Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution.

Wilfred Richard is a geographer, photographer, Registered Maine Guide, and research fellow at the Ummannaq Polar Institute in Greenland. He has traveled extensively throughout New England, the Arctic, and Subarctic, photographing landscapes and seascapes, terrestrial and marine floral and fauna, and the everyday activities of local residents and visiting scientists. He has exhibited his photographs widely.

Using fascinating personal stories and stunning photographs, Fitzhugh and Richard will introduce the audience to people and places throughout the northern North Atlantic and explain both the importance and allure of this region. Their appearance is sponsored by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, Bowdoin College.

The Arctic Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm Sundays. Admission to the museum is free. The Museum is closed Mondays and on national holidays. For more information please call the Arctic Museum at 207-725-3416