A Summer Spent Sifting Through Peary Artifacts on Eagle Island

This summer, two Bowdoin students are, for the first time, inventorying all the contents in the Harpswell home of Arctic explorer Robert Peary. The meticulous work of Tharunkrishna Vemulapalli ’19 and Dana Williams ’18 will culminate in a museum catalog for the historical site.

While the work is deliberate, the setting is dramatic. From every open window of Robert Peary’s bluff-side cottage on Eagle Island, you can hear seabirds crying and the tide pulling in and out over the beach or crashing onto rocks. All around the shingled house — one of just three structures on the 17-acre island — are panoramic views of Casco Bay.

Peary made his fame by reaching North Pole in 1909, an accomplishment that has been disputed. He bought the small almond-shaped island off the end of the Harpswell peninsula in 1881, four years after graduating from Bowdoin, and he built a family home there in 1904. Read the full story at Bowdoin News.

Arctic Museum Participates in #MuseumWeek on Social Media

This week, June 19-25, 2017, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is participating in #MuseumWeek.

A UNESCO project, #MuseumWeek was the first worldwide cultural event to take place exclusively on social media. #MuseumWeek provides cultural institutions an exciting platform to digitally share their collections and extend their reach to an international audience. This year, museums, galleries, libraries, and archives around the world unite for the cause of gender equality under the week-long theme: A Tribute to Women, with the hashtag #WomenMW. Read more in Bowdoin News.