Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 11

May 2003

English-speaking World, 1880-1972” [Editor’s note: Further information about Professor Pinto Coelho’s project appears in greater detail in this newsletter].
     W. Gilles Ross published two articles relating to Polar exploration in 2002. They were “The Gloucester Balloon: A Communication From Franklin,” in Polar Record (vol. 38, no. 204. pp.11-22), and “The Type and Number of Expeditions in the Franklin Search, 1847-1859,” Arctic (vol. 55, no. 1, pp.57-69)
     Gerald Saxon reports that he is writing a biography of Jenkins Garrett, a Life Member of SHD who resides in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition, Gerald says that in 2003, his annotated edition of George Wilkens Kendall’s Texan Santa Fe Expedition (first published in 1844) will appear in the Library of Texas Series.
     Roy Schreiber was a consultant, and an on-camera participant in the October Films documentary, ”The Real Captain Bligh.” The film appeared on British Channel 4 in March 2002, and if it has not already been aired, it will be shown on the History Channel. 
     It finally happened! Bruce Solnick retired in August 2002 after 41 years of teaching at SUNY-Albany. He did return to the university in September to chair the dissertation defense of his final Ph.D. student. He now looks forward to having the time to pursue his scholarly interests, and to spending time with his family in Arizona.
     William A. Stanley was elected President of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Society in 2002. The society represents some 450 retired employees, both civilian and officers of USC&GS.
     Richard Stephenson writes “It has been a busy year for me. I continue as Chairman of the Board of the Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA. It has been a challenging year for the library due to a cut of 23 percent in state funds for the fiscal year. In addition, I have taken on other responsibilities by agreeing to serve on the boards of the Winchester Musica Viva (an excellent mixed chorus) and the French and Indian War Foundation. The latter has taken a good deal of my time as the foundation acquired this year an ante-bellum house in Winchester that sits on part of the site of Fort Loudoun designed and built by George Washington in 1757-58. The fort’s well dug and blasted through 103 feet of limestone under Washington’s direction is on the property and still extant. Preliminary archaeological work was undertaken in the Fall and will resume in the Spring.

     I finished my final year on the SHD Council in 2002, but I continue as an academic adviser to the Library of Congress’ Philip Lee Phillips Society. For the present, my professional research continues to focus on the mapping of Virginia and Washington, D.C., and as time permits, the life of Albert H. Campbell, chief of the Confederate Topographical Department, Army of Northern Virginia.”
     Gunnar Thompson says that his book, Marco Polo in Puget Sound, should be published in early 2003. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, write him at discovergunnar@hotmail.com
     John Thrower reports that the results of the 1999 survey of the site of Colonial Nombre de Dios, reported in Terrae Incognitae (vol. 33, 2001), have been further examined. From this a more precise reconstruction of the size and position of the old city, its defenses and surrounding traits, has been made. The historian now has better background information to interpret and discuss the contemporary records. At present the site offers a unique opportunity for 16th century archaeology.
     Norman J.W. Thrower was greatly honored to be elected Fellow of the Society for the History of Discoveries in 2002. Although Professor Emeritus, he continues to teach an annual course in geography department at UCLA, “Geographical Discovery and Exploration.” He also continues to serve on the Council of UCLA’s Clark Library, and of the Center for 17th and 18th Studies, which was founded during his six-year directorship of the Clark Library, 1981-87. At the library he recently completed a paper, “Samuel Pepys P.R.S., 1633 to 1703.” This has been published by the Royal Society (of London) as a tribute to Pepys on the tercentenary of his death. Pepys was Secretary of (Britain’s) Royal Navy.
     Peter van der Krogt was granted in 2002 the Sir George Fordham Award for Carto-bibliography by the Royal Geographical Society (with I.B.G.). This award is given triennially.
     Happy that he has a day job, physician 
     James Walker has been busy this year with cartography and exploration matters. His article, “Glimpses of Pioneer Life: The Survey Plat and the Government Land Office,” was published in Mercator’s World (March-April, 2002). In addition, he presented a lecture in November 2002 in Eugene, OR entitled. “Evolution of Oregon Cartography: 1570-1859,” as part of the Oregon Archaeology Celebration Lecture Series. The University of Oregon Natural History Museum exhibited part of his collection of maps. 

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