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September 2021

The Greely Expedition

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Balch Library, 208 W Market St
Leesburg, VA 20176 United States
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Disinterest in Washington and the failure of two annual resupply missions to arrive condemned Army Lieutenant Adolphus Greely’s scientific expedition in Arctic Canada to starvation, cannibalism, and death.  His plight and rescue were major news stories in the early 1880’s. Join me at the Balch Library lecture series for a presentation on the Greely Expedition.

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October 2021

Voyage to an Enchanted Land

October 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Balch Library, 208 W Market St
Leesburg, VA 20176 United States
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In 1851-52 Navy Lieutenants William Herndon and Lardner Gibbon explored the Amazon River basin the hard way:  west to east, from the river’s headwaters in Peru to its mouth on the Atlantic.  Their superb official account of travels thousands of miles through the lush, fabulously strange heart of the continent became a best seller, and made Herndon into one of the age’s celebrity adventurers. Join me at the Balch Library lecture series for a presentation on Lieutenant William Herndon's exploration.

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November 2021

Lost in the Ice

November 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Balch Library, 208 W Market St
Leesburg, VA 20176 United States
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Lightship Cross Rip vanished off her station near Nantucket, Massachusetts, in February 1918 during the record “freeze-up” that year, the coldest North American winter in a century.  Caught in pack ice, the old, small vessel with her crew of Cape Cod watermen drifted into the broad Atlantic and was never seen again.  What precisely happened to Cross Rip and why, and was her first mate a hero? Join me at the Balch Library lecture series for a presentation on Lightship Cross Rip.

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