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Arctic Museum to Launch Three New Exhibits in February

Story posted February 12, 2004

Winter weather does not slow down the staff of The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, who have been busy preparing three new exhibits for the month of February. All three will be on view in Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College.

Opens February 17
To celebrate Black History Month, museum staff, assisted by Ramona Pina '05, have prepared a small display, Matthew Alexander Henson, 1866-1955, which will be on view in the second floor foyer of Hubbard Hall, opening on February 17, 2004. Henson was Robert E. Peary's invaluable assistant and fellow explorer. Through photographs and items of popular culture from trading cards to action figures, this exhibit examines how changing attitudes toward African-Americans resulted in long-delayed recognition for Henson as an explorer. Although he was a key member of Peary's expeditions, and the only other American to stand at the North Pole with Peary, Henson did not receive the awards and honors presented to the other American members of the expedition on their return in 1909. These began to come to him much later, near the end of his life. Since his death in 1955, his fame has continued to grow. Today he is widely recognized as an accomplished explorer.

Opens February 20
Inuit Dolls, on view in the main floor foyer of Hubbard Hall beginning on February 20, 2004, showcases some of the many dolls in The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum's collections. Dolls both ancient and modern, and made as toys and as collectors' items, are included in this display. Even more dolls are on view elsewhere in the museum, particularly in the ongoing exhibit Treasures and Trinkets: Collecting Culture in the North. Young visitors will have a chance to make a doll of their own, along with other crafts, on Saturday February 21 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. when the museum hosts its 5th annual Family Day, Trading Treasures for Fun. Bring a non-perishable food item, and trade it for hours of fun!

Opens February 24
Postcards are the focus of Northern Connections: Postcards from the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum Collection, opening in the Hubbard Hall foyer on February 24, 2004. Popular with travelers and collectors since the late 1800s, postcards are an ideal way to promote anything from tourism to book sales. Over 20 enlargements of early postcards with northern themes show how various groups have used the lure of the Arctic to promote themselves. From images of the Maine homes of Donald B. MacMillan and Robert E. Peary, to the inhabitants of northern Greenland, northern connections appealed to collectors, tourists, and travelers.

These three exhibits can be viewed whenever Hubbard Hall is open, Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m. Other exhibits, including Treasures and Trinkets: Collecting Culture in the North, can be viewed during Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 2-5 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays and national holidays.

For more information, call 725-3416.

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