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Franklin Lost and Found: Probing the Arctic’s Most Enduring Mystery

April 5, 2019

Held in conjunction with the major exhibition, Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition, this daylong program will present an international roster of scholars on various aspects of the Franklin Expedition tragedy and legacy, including its archaeology and forensics, what new research tells us about the fate of the perished crews, the role of Inuit culture and oral history, the search for the lost ships, and the impact of Franklin on popular culture, from the nineteenth century to today.

Schedule for the day:

9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition open to visitors

9:00-9:30 a.m.

Coffee in River Room

9:30 a.m.

Welcome: Steve White, president, Mystic Seaport Museum

9:35-10:30 a.m.

Keynote Address: “Following the Ancestors: Inuit Testimony and the Franklin Wrecks”

David C. Woodman, Author of Unravelling the Mystery of the Franklin Expedition: Inuit Testimony

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Discussion: Inuit Histories

Fred Calabretta, Director of Collections Management and Senior Curator, Mystic Seaport Museum

Kenn Harper, Arctic historian and author of Give Me My Father’s Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo and In Those Days: Tales of Arctic Whaling

Lawrence Millman, Mycologist and author of A Kayak Full of Ghosts

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own

1:00-1:45 p.m.

Discussion: “Of Ships and Men: What can modern forensics tell us about their fate?”

Peter Carney, Independent Franklin scholar

John Geiger, President of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and co-author, Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition

Keith Millar, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Glasgow College of Medicine

1:45-2:30 p.m.

Discussion: “What does recent archaeology reveal about the Expedition?”

Douglas Stenton, Department of Anthropology, University of Waterloo

Jonathan Moore, Senior Underwater Archaeologist, Underwater Archaeology Team, Parks Canada

2:30-3:15 p.m.

Discussion: “Franklin in Popular Culture”

Russell Potter, Professor of English and Director of Media Studies, Rhode Island College, and author of Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-year Search

Leanne Shapton, Artist, publisher, and author of “Artifacts from a Doomed Expedition,” New York Times

3:15-3:45 p.m.

Open Q&A

3:45 p.m.

Closing songs with Mystic Seaport Museum’s chantey singers

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Book signings in Pilalas Lobby, Thompson Exhibition Building