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Exploring Bob Bartlett: The Legacy of an Arctic Adventurer


There will be no charge for the lectures but tickets are available for three cost recovery elements: bus to and from Brigus: $20; Lunch: $15; Supper $35. Please call the Historic Sites Association to book your tickets – 753-5515 or email: or see the link at the bottom of this page.

Thursday, May 21st , 2009. Evening Session. Opening Lecture

Location: The Rooms, St. John’s
08:00 PM Greetings from NHS president Melanie Martin and Provincial Archivist Greg Walsh.
Introduction to Bob Bartlett by Catherine Dempsey, Executive Director of Historic Sites Association. Illustrated with photos.
Lecture by Jennifer Niven, author of The Ice Master, on “Captain Bartlett and the Last Voyage of the Karluk”.
Reception given by The Rooms Provincial Archives.

Friday, May 22nd Evening Session. Bartlett on Film

Location: Memorial University, INCO Centre Theatre, St. John’s
08:00 PM Greetings from Hon. Edward Roberts, Chair of Celebrate Bartlett 2009.
Introduction to the film clips, by CBC journalist Ted Blades. A selection of moving images of Bob Bartlett from The Viking, and Pâthé newsreels

Saturday, May 23th Transportation to Brigus.

Location: Churchill Square, St. John’s
09:00 AM Our own dedicated bus will take you at 9:00 am from the front of the Terrace in the Square, Churchill Square, St. John’s to the Knights of Columbus Hall in Brigus.
Cost to passengers for roundtrip: $20.

Saturday, May 23th Morning Session, Knights of Columbus Hall, Brigus

Coffee/tea and Programs will be availables for attendees as well as the “Brigus Stone Barn Walks” pamphlet.
10:45 – 11:00 Greetings from Joan Ritcey, Chair of Historic Sites Association, and Luanne Leamon, President of Brigus Historical and Conservation Society
Session Chair Luanne Leamon, President of Brigus Historical and Coservation Society.
11:00 – 11:40 Lyle Dick, Parks Canada Historian, “How and why America’s Elites placed Robert Peary on the North Pole.”
11:40 – 12:00 Questions.

Saturday, May 23th Lunch

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch: Soup and sandwich with pre-purchased tickets, at Knights of Columbus Hall. Cost to attendees: $15. Greetings from Mayor of Brigus.

Saturday, May 23th Afternoon Session, Knights of Columbus Hall, Brigus

Session Chair Roy Clarke of Brigus Historical and Conservation Society.
1:30 – 2:10 Joanna Kafarowski,PH.D., Research Affiliate, Canadian Circumpolar Institute, University of Alberta, on “The Trouble With Women”: Captain Bob and the 1941 Louise Arner Boyd Greenland Expedition.
2:10 – 2:50 Maura Hanrahan, Ph.D., Author, on “Pinnacles and Pinafores: The Bartlett Family and their legacy.”
2:50 – 3:00 Questions.
3:00 – 3:20 Coffee Break
Session Chair Jennifer Forward of Brigus Historical and Conservation.Society.
3:20 – 4:00 Willeen Keough, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of History, Simon Fraser University, on “The creation of Capt. Bob Bartlett: A Man’s Man in an Age of Masculine Uncertainty.”
4:00 – 5:00 John Broderick, Captain of Canadian Coast Guard Ice breaker Henry Larsen, on conditions in the Arctic (navigation, ice, geography) and Bartlett’s legacy, with photos/video.
5:00 – 5:15 Questions and housekeeping announcements.
5:15 – Speaker’s Corner. Attendees may hang out at the hall and chat with attendees and speakers until it’s time to move to the Rec Centre for supper

Saturday, May 23th. Supper at Rec Centre, Brigus.

6:00PM Supper at the Rec Centre. Cost is $35 per person, with pre-purchased tickets.
6:30PM Guests sit down
Shane O’Dea will wrap up the symposium and provide some words of wisdom.
Clyde K. Wells will propose a toast to Capt. Bartlett.
Buffet supper by Skipper Ben’s Catering.
Symposium concludes.

Saturday, May 23th Transportation to St. John’s.

Location: Rec Centre, Brigus.
09:00 PM at 9:00pm, our bus will leave from the Rec Centre and return you to Churchill Square.

Sunday, May 24th Brigus.

Post- symposium Walking Tour of Brigus. Using the “Brigus Stone Barn Walks” pamphlet, people can create their own tours of the town, including visits to Hawthorne Cottage, the Stone Barn Museum and Landfall.