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Category: Nature & Geography, Exploration

Historical Items

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Item 11773

Surveyor's half chain, ca. 1800

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1800 Media: Iron, brass

Item 26587

Box of Matches Wrapped for Polar Climate, 1906

Contributed by: Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands Date: 1906 Media: Wood, canvas

Item 11772

Surveyor's Vernier Compass, c. 1840

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1840 Media: Brass, glass and pine

Exhibits

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Exhibit

The Schooner Bowdoin: Ninety Years of Seagoing History

After traveling to the Arctic with Robert E. Peary, Donald B. MacMillan (1874-1970), an explorer, researcher, and lecturer, helped design his own vessel for Arctic exploration, the schooner <em>Bowdoin,</em> which he named after his alma mater. The schooner remains on the seas.

Exhibit

Popham Colony

George Popham and a group of fellow Englishmen arrived at the mouth of the Kennebec River, hoping to trade with Native Americans, find gold and other valuable minerals, and discover a Northwest passage. In 18 months, the fledgling colony was gone.

Exhibit

Bowdoin College Scientific Expedition to Labrador

"The Bowdoin Boys" -- some students and recent graduates -- traveled to Labrador in 1891 to collect artifacts, specimens, and to try to find Grand Falls, a waterfall deep in Labrador's interior.

Site Pages

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Site Page

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Baxter State Park and Burton W. Howe
by Jason Howe

Formation of Baxter State Park and the involvement of Burton W. Howe of Patten