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ZOOM — Discover History Month Series: Maine to Cape Horn — The World’s Most Dangerous Voyage
Tuesday, October 5 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Camden Public Library welcomes back Charles H. Lagerbom for a slideshow talk about his exciting new book Maine to Cape Horn: The World’s Most Dangerous Voyage (Arcadia Publishing, August 2021).
Cape Horn conjures up images of wind-whipped waters and desperate mariners in frozen rigging. Long recognized as a maritime touchstone for sailors, it marks the spot where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans meet in one writhing mass. “Doubling” Cape Horn became the ultimate test, earning a prominent place in Maine maritime history. At the end of South America, it shares longitude 67° west exactly with Cutler, Maine, a direct north–south line of seven thousand miles. Maine Cape Horners were recognized by a golden earring. If they did not survive this most difficult journey in the world, the earring covered the costs of their funeral, should the body ever be found. Maritime historian Charles H. Lagerbom traveled to the end of the world to help research this exciting story of bold Mainers and their exhilarating and oftentimes deadly dance with danger.
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Lagerbom will be signing and selling copies of his book in the library’s Children’s Garden on Saturday, October 2, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
A published author and avid polar, colonial Maine and maritime book collector, Charles H. Lagerbom is a frequent guest lecturer presenting on cruise ships, sailing vessels and ashore about the history, life, politics and science of Antarctica, Cape Horn and South Atlantic, as well as colonial Maine and New England maritime history and archaeology. Charles is past president of the Antarctican Society, where he serves as current archivist/historian. He is author of The Fifth Man: The Life of H.R. Bowers (Caedmon Publishing, 1999) and Whaling in Maine (Arcadia Publishing, 2020) and publishes a weekly column in the Camden Herald titled “Half Seas Over: Interesting Research Related to Maritime Maine.” Charles teaches AP U.S. History at Belfast Area High School and makes his home on the coast of Maine. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER PROGRAMS IN THE OCTOBER 2021 DISCOVER HISTORY SERIES INCLUDE:
- Thursday, October 7, at 6:30 pm: Black History of Maine, presented by journalist and historian Bob Greene. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR.
- Monday, October 18, at 6:00 pm: Maine Quilts: 250 Years of Comfort and Community, presented by Laurie LaBar, Maine State Museum’s Chief Curator of History and Decorative Arts. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR.
- Tuesday, October 26, at 6:30 pm: The Historic Designed Landscape Legacy of Camden and Rockport, presented by Eleanor “Noni” Ames. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR THE ZOOM WEBINAR.
- Be sure to stop by the library’s Picker Room Gallery during the month of October to see an exhibit curated by Ken Gross, Director of the Library’s Walsh History Center. The exhibit explores “The Seven ‘S’s of Olmsted Design,” and focuses on the historic landscape design of Camden’s Harbor Park. This exhibit was created as part of the nation-wide Olmsted 200 Celebration.
Discover History Month at the Camden Public Library is generously sponsored by Camden Riverhouse Hotel & Inn.
Additional support is provided by The Smiling Cow.