Solving an Arctic riddle in New York City

Fri. Mar 22, 2024 2:00pm – 3:00pm EDT Author-historian Ken McGoogan offers a surprising new explanation for the mysterious demise of the 1845 Franklin Expedition.  Two of Arctic explorer Sir John Franklin’s expeditions were monumental failures—the last led to over a hundred deaths, including his own. Somehow he remains to many a heroic figure who…

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Let’s mark a 25th anniversary at Arctic site

Cameron Treleaven, Louie Kamookak, and Ken McGoogan at the John Rae cairn Adventures in Arctic Exploration: Part One of Six In 1999, author-historian Ken McGoogan, along with two other men, placed a plaque overlooking Rae Strait, commemorating John Rae’s 1854 discovery—the final link in the first navigable Passage. Twenty-five years later, McGoogan finds himself reflecting…

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Answering Trump with Winston Churchill

Two ex-diplomats want Canadians to avoid commenting on the American election campaign, but to say simply that it’s a domestic issue and Americans can do as they damn well please (I’m paraphrasing). David MacNaughton and Louise Blais, formerly based in Washington and at the United Nations respectively, recently published opinion pieces warning us to shut…

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Adventure-Canada Book-Tour Extravaganza?

Excitement is mounting for New York City: The Explorers Club, the New York Public Library, how could it be otherwise? (March 21 & 22). Of course, the climactic moment won’t come until we’re sailing Into the Northwest Passage with Adventure Canada (embarking Aug. 27). But what’s happening between those highlights with The Adventure-Canada, Searching-for-Franklin, Ocean-to-Ocean-to-Ocean,…

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Big Franklin Book Visits The Explorers Club

EXPLORERS CLUB

Join The Explorers Club on Thursday, March 21st to learn about some new discoveries regarding an infamous tragedy of early Arctic exploration. Click here to go to The Explorers Club calendar.   Urged on by the late Louie Kamookak, the celebrated Inuit oral historian, Ken McGoogan set out to discover the reality behind the myth…

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Big Franklin Book Takes Manhattan

First we take Manhattan. So said the prophet. In enthusiastic response, I will soon bring the Big Franklin Book to New York City for two events. On March 21, thanks to the organizational abilities of Adventure Canada, I will give a slideshow presentation at the headquarters of the Explorers Club. Yes, I speak of the…

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BC Review celebrates Big Franklin Book

Ken and Louie at cairn

And the excellent reviews keep coming. Gotta love this one for reflecting my methodology! BRITISH COLUMBIA REVIEW BY RON VERZUH / Jan. 4, 2024 In the early 1970s, I joined an aerial search for three sports fishers lost somewhere in the vast tundra of the Northwest Territories. A German-born bush pilot named Marten Hartwell had…

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Miramichi Reader hails Big Franklin Book

Big shoutout to the Miramichi Reader, which has devoted its first “TMR STARRED REVIEW” to Searching for Franklin: New Answers to the Great Arctic Mystery. Thanks also to readers in the Canadian West who have been keeping the Big Franklin Book on the B.C. Bestsellers list, currently at Number Five. But here’s the review by…

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Bestselling author decries ideological ‘history’

Canadians today “seem to have lost any sense of connection to our past.” So writes popular historian Stephen R. Bown in the C2C Journal. In an insightful article entitled Seeking the Ghosts that Keep us Alive, the author of The Company and Dominion argues that “our current national narrative holds that Canadian colonists were universally…

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