SCOTT, AMUNDSEN, AND SHACKLETON: THE RACE TO THE POLE
Popular guest speaker Bob Begin will take us on a great adventure: the race at the dawn of the 20th century to be first to reach the South Pole. In the early1900s, Antarctica, as the major uninhabited, unexplored region of the world, attracted international interest and rivalry. England, the great imperial power, felt it her duty to explore the continent and reach the Pole. Other countries also sought the prestige of discovery. At the heart of the story of Antarctic exploration are three heroic figures with contrasting personalities and fates. An obscure young Royal Navy officer, Robert Falcon Scott, was chosen to lead England's exxpedition. Scott’s death would result in a heroic status as "a true and gallant Englishman". Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian, would be the first to reach the Pole but he would never receive the fame and glory he felt he deserved. Ernest Shackleton, another English explorer, would fail in his expedition, but his courage and leadership would allow him to overcome unprecedented hardships and safely bring all of his men home. Bob Begin has previously presented several programs at the Historical Society on the USS Quincy, HMS Bounty, John Paul Jones, and the Barbary Pirates. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge for admission.