The Softer Side of Robert E. Peary
Story posted September 20, 2006
The 100th anniversary of Robert E. Peary's 1908-09 North Pole Expedition is approaching, and Bowdoin students, staff, and faculty at The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center are busy planning exhibits, publications, and serious and lighthearted programs and projects to celebrate.
One project has already been completed: the creation of a soft sculpture doll in the likeness of Robert E. Peary, Class of 1877, featuring a tag listing key aspects of the Arctic explorer's life.
The doll is dressed in traditional Inuit clothing and carries a patched American flag. Peary's wife Josephine made an American flag, which he carried with him on all of his expeditions. Each time he reached his farthest north point, he cut a piece from the flag and put it in a cache. When he reached the North Pole he cut a long strip from the flag and left it at the northernmost point on the earth.
The doll was created exclusively for the Arctic Museum by Creative Station, LLC/Famous Be'an® Collectibles with funds donated by the Friends of the College Fund. Emma Bonanomi, Class of 2005, who was the Museum's 2004-05 Gibbons Fellow, helped develop the doll and wrote its tag.
The doll is available in the Arctic Museum's shop and sells for $16. Proceeds will be used to support other outreach initiatives.
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is located in Hubbard Hall on the Bowdoin College campus, Brunswick, Maine. Admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and closed Mondays and national holidays.
For more information about the Museum or the Arctic program, call 207-725-3416.
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