Maine Historical Society welcomes two polar experts to present programs
related to the Arctic and Antarctic.
On Thursday, January 24, at 7PM, polar scholar and Antarctican Society
President Charles Lagerbom gives a slideshow presentation on "Dirigo North
and South: Maineís Long and Varied Connection with the Polar World."
On Tuesday, January 29, at 12PM, author Jason Anthony shares his research
and reads 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.
Hoosh 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.
More information about these polar presentations, and the nearly 20 other
winter/spring public programs at MHS, can be found at