We have been quiet for a long while, but now that summer is here and new exhibits have been opened we can once again turn our attention to Crocker Land and the upcoming exhibit – only 18 months to go!
One hundred years ago, MacMillan and his colleagues were busy with all the last minute details of preparing for a major expedition. With only weeks to go before the departure, there were many details, and some major things to be settled. Most importantly, they needed a physician. Their first candidate was unable to go at the last minute, so in May 1913, MacMillan was looking for a surgeon. Luckily Dr. Harrison Hunt, then of Island Falls, Maine, and like MacMillan a Bowdoin College graduate, was interested and by mid-June, he was an official member of the expedition. One can only imagine the rapid reorganizing of his life that went on in the few short weeks before he left on what was meant to be a two-year expedition to the far north.
Other expedition members were still involved in negotiations for essential equipment such as a wireless radio, and deliveries of food and other supplies. The search for scientific equipment continued through the month of June.
Things are not quite so frantic around here, but we are busy. One of the key projects we are working on this summer is an map-based interactive recreation of some of the journeys of the Crocker Land expedition members. Meg Bunke (author of this post from last summer) and recipient of a Gibbons summer research fellowship, will be working on the map project all summer. She has made great progress already, so look for more on her work soon.
We will also be working on narrowing the focus of the exhibit, and making and renewing connections with people and institutions that we hope will assist us as we develop our ideas.
In other news, we have moved the blog to a new address, https://crockerland.wordpress.com, and updated the look. We hope these changes will make the blog both easier to manage and easier to find.