Maine to Greenland

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Book was released by Smithsonian Books in US and Canada in August 2014.

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In celebration of the United States assuming chairmanship  of The Arctic Council for the years 2015 to 2017,  an Arctic Spring Festival was held  May 8 through May 10 by the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.  Lead institution was the Smithsonian’s Arctic Studies Center, assisted by Greenland’s Uummannaq Polar Institute.

The Festival celebrated more than 150 years of US and Smithsonian engagement in the Arctic and collaboration with other Arctic nations in research, heritage conservation, environmental stewardship, and public education. 

Arctic experts and educators presented demonstrations, panel discussions, films, and performances to the public covering a wide range of information about the Arctic, its communities, and issues related to climate change.

Over the weekend, Washington also celebrated VE Day  with plane fly overs of World War II vintage planes. Bill and Will signed copies of their book Maine to Greenland: Exploring the Maritime Far Northeast in Natural History’s Museum Store.  And, an open house and outdoor buffet was held at the Embassy of Denmark.


Bill & Will at Book Dedication Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History May 2015.
Bill Fitzhugh opens conference



Danes and Greenlanders at Danish Embassy.




On 70th anniversary of  VE Day, a fleet of bi-planes fly over the Smithsonian’s “Castle”  as the American and Smithsonian flags catch the afternoon breezes.
A squadron of propeller fighter planes make their way along the Mall from the Washington Monument to the Whitehouse.
Jody Sperling’s Time Lapse Dance superbly performs to music which  emulates the sound of  the sea and ice in the Arctic.
The grounds of the Danish Embassy serve as a great place for the festival contingent from Greenland to give an impromptu concert.

Maine Welcomes Greenland’s Representative to the United States, Inuuteq Holm Olsen

Dana Eidsness, Executive Director of the Maine North Atlantic Development Office, and Board member John Henshaw hosted a shore side picnic at Mr. Henshaw’s home in Brunswick, Maine on July 20. Based in Washington, Mr. Olsen is sharing his time with those who have an interest in Greenland. We will all meet again in October at the Third Annual Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik.