Vintage photo of a polar bear on a piece of ice looking at two people in long canoes

Online Talk: The Crocker Land Arctic Expedition, 1913–17

  • Event Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020
  • Time: 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Cost: Free

Join University staff and alumni for a virtual talk discussing this complicated slice of history.

  • Adam Doskey, Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  • Noelle Belanger and Beth Watkins, co-curators of the Spurlock Museum exhibit North of the Northern Lights

Zoom Meeting information

This event will be held on Zoom. Join using the following information:

  • Meeting ID: 937 0932 6493
  • Password: 141368

About the Expedition

In 1913, an American team set out on a scientific expedition to explore Crocker Land, a land mass thought to be in the Arctic Ocean off the northeastern tip of Canada. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York and with support from the University of Illinois, the party hoped to explore Crocker Land and undertake a range of study in natural sciences and ethnography. In many ways, the project was a failure, but thousands of photos and Inuit objects tell other stories.

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