Historic rendering of the Franklin Expedition

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

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 19th century to today.

Hourly Schedule

9 am - 9:30 am
9:35 am - 10:30 am
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 am - 11:45 am
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 am - 1 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1 pm - 1:45 pm
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 pm - 2:30 pm
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 pm - 3:15 pm
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 pm - 3:45pm
Open Q&A
3:45 pm -
Closing songs with Mystic Seaport Museum’s chantey singers
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Book signings in Pilalas Lobby, Thompson Exhibition Building


Apr 05 2019


09:30 AM - 05:30 PM


Members: $24 Non-members: $30 Museum admission is included in the program cost.

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