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Arctic Explorations: In Search of Elisha Kent Kane
April 22 @ 2:00 pm
Members only lecture – Arctic Explorations: In Search of Elisha Kent Kane – Saturday, April 22, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Arctic explorer Elisha Kent Kane has a moon crater and a US Navy Destroyer named for him. He was one of the most famous Philadelphians of his time. Kane’s own accounts of voyages to the polar region sold tens of thousands of copies when published. His personal life was no less fascinating – in particular his love affair with the spirit medium Maggie. Fox was one-half of the spiritualist Fox Sisters, who entranced the country with their séance performances. Kane died tragically at the age of 37 in 1857. A historic marker now stands at Kane’s grave overlooking the Schuykill River in Laurel Hill Cemetery. Edward G. Pettit will lecture on this fascinating 19th century Philadelphian.
Following Pettit’s talk, Diane Richardson will present the Annual Report to the members. Before and after the presentations, members can enjoy a cookie reception. Members – call 215-438-1861 for reservations.