Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 8

May 2004

Press, has just released it in paperback. Jim was invited to write the entry for “Viking Explorations & Settlements” in the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Exploration.

After the New Orleans SHD meeting, Peter Enggass traveled to Cuba. About that trip, he writes “Just returned from a week’s stay in Cuba – probably with one of the last groups to visit under the State Department’s present policy—which had permitted cultural/ educational visits. Cuba has a first world culture, but a third world economy. It was sad to see architectural deterioration. No money for repairs of almost everything. The people are great, but barely coping.”

Joseph Fitzgerald retired from his practice of medicine on July 1, 2003, and is now devoting much of his time developing a cartobibliography of Antique Maps of Florida. He will be working at the Historical Museum of Southern Florida.

Arthur Ford continues his explorations of polar regions since his retirement from the U.S. Geological Survey, where he spent many years of geological research in Antarctica and Alaska. Much of his 2003 summer was spent as a lecturer on voyages to Svalbard and Alaska. In July 2002 he visited the North Pole on the Russian nuclear-powered ship, Yamal, the world’s largest icebreaker, which is the only ship able to break its way through such thick sea ice. In July 2004, Art is scheduled for a voyage transiting the Northwest Passage.

Retired and living in Medford, OR, Orcutt Frost has published the first modern biography of Vitus Bering. The title is, “Bering: The Russian Discovery of America,” New Haven: Yale University Press (November, 2003).

Ronald Grim was the lead curator for the Library of Congress exhibit, “Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis and Clark and the Revealing of America,” July 24-November 29, 2003. Along with Paul D. McDermott, Ron co-compiled Gustavus Sohon’s Cartographic and Artistic Works: An Annotated Bibliography, Philip Lee Phillips Society Occasional Paper Series, no. 4 (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, 2002.)

Francis Herbert writes from the Royal Geographical Society in London that a large portion of the cartographic collection (including gazetteers, post-1880 atlases, and texts to accompany maps series, and the like) came back from storage last October and November (2003). The remainder of materials that went to storage during the reconstruction should be back at Lowther Lodge sometime in March (2004). He further writes that the new entrance area and exhibition pavilion in Exhibition Road is now visible, and that there should be digitized images on the development on the RGS website “Unlocking the Archives.”

Daniel Hopkins reports that his article, “A Poisonous plant of the genus Datura (Solanaceae) in an eighteenth-century garden in West Africa,” was published in Archives of Natural History, Vol. 30, no.1 (2003), pp. 157-159.

On November 14, 2003, Alice Hudson presented a lecture entitled: “From Dawn to Dusk, England Turns from East to West/Maps as Images of the English Worldview, From Medieval to Early Modern.” She also spoke on January 28, 2004 to the Washington Chapter of the Society for Women Geographer about the mapping of Washington, D.C. Alice wants SHD members to call up the New York Public Library website, and click on American Shores, a site she mounted that features maps of the Middle Atlantic colonies and states to 1850. She is serving this year on the SHD Honors Committee.

On December 16, 2003, the Hakluyt Society and the Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society jointly sponsored a reception in Whitby, North Yorkshire that launched Ian Jackson’s first volume of The Arctic Whaling Journal of William Scoresby the Younger. The volume was published by the Hakluyt Society.
H.G. Jones has been peripatetic as ever. He recently spoke to the American Association for State and Local History in Rhode Island, and he lectured aboard the Ioffe during an Arctic traverse. H.G. also contributed an essay for the new book, Photographers in North Carolina: The First Century, 1841-1941, and he wrote the introduction to the new edition of T.R. Schellenberg’s Modern Archives.

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