Press Release

Polar experts to usher in Maine Historical Society winter program

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine Historical Society welcomes two polar experts to present programs related to the Arctic and Antarctic.

Polar scholar and Antarctican Society President Charles Lagerbom gives a slide show presentation on “Dirigo North and South: Maine’s Long and Varied Connection with the Polar World” at 7 p.m. Thusday, Jan. 24.

Lagerbom, who has worked in Antarctica with glacial geology research teams from the University of Maine, where he is a doctoral candidate in history, examining how Maine has a long enjoyed and 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, owning more than 3,500 titles.

Author Jason Anthony shares his research and reads from his critically praised new book, “Hoosh: Roast Penquin, Scurvy Day and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine,” at noon Jan. 29.

Anthony spent eight seasons with the United States Antarctic Program where he worked for eight austral summers as a waste management specialist, fuels operator, cargo handler and skiway groomer. “Hoosh” has been shortlisted for the Andre Simon Food and Drink Book Awards in the United Kingdom. The book will be available for purchase in the museum store and Anthony will sign them after his talk.

More information about these polar presentations, and the nearly 20 other winter/spring public programs at Maine Historical Society, can be found at