Location of the resting place of Isaac Israel Hayes, M.D.

POSTED BY DR. P.J. CAPELOTTI, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Penn State Abington. Since 2006, three different seminar courses in American studies and Anthropology at Penn State University Abington College have sought to locate the birth and burial spots of four Arctic explorers all born in Pennsylvania.  Some of these, such as the birthplace of Robert… Continue reading Location of the resting place of Isaac Israel Hayes, M.D.

Captain John Bartlett of the Panther

POSTED BY ETHELIND WRIGHT John “Jack” Bartlett was born in Brigus, Newfoundland, on May 6, 1843, the oldest child of Abraham Bartlett and his wife Elizabeth Wilmot. He attended school in Harbour Grace. John’s father, whose given name was usually shortened to Abram, was a sea captain, sealer and fisherman and John and his three… Continue reading Captain John Bartlett of the Panther

“The Open Polar Sea” signed 1st edition

POSTED BY FRANCES HENNESSEY This weekend, I have the opportunity to examine a signed, 1st edition presentation copy of The Open Polar Sea by Isaac I. Hayes, MD. The inside inscription reads: “To Mr. Wm Jarvis Jr. with the best regards of his friend, I. I. Hayes, New York, May 6th 1867.”  The armorial bookplate of Henry… Continue reading “The Open Polar Sea” signed 1st edition

Dr. Isaac Israel Hayes and the Cruise of the Panther

Submitted by Douglas Wamsley, an independent scholar and attorney. He has written and lectured extensively on the history of nineteenth-century Arctic exploration. In 2009 he published  “Polar Hayes: the Life and Contributions of Isaac Israel Hayes, M.D.”  Dr. Isaac Israel Hayes (1832-1881) was an Arctic veteran when he was invited to join the 1869 voyage of… Continue reading Dr. Isaac Israel Hayes and the Cruise of the Panther

“Strange Dream” of Isaac I. Hayes, Part 2 of 2

POSTED BY FRANCES HENNESSEY August Sonntag According to a biography from The Dudley Observatory, August Sonntag immigrated to America during the late 1852 or early 1853. During May, 1853, Sonntag served as astronomer with the Arctic expedition organized by Dr. Kane to search for the crew of Sir John Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic exploration. It was during this… Continue reading “Strange Dream” of Isaac I. Hayes, Part 2 of 2

“Strange Dream” of Isaac I. Hayes, Part 1 of 2

POSTED BY FRANCES HENNESSEY Isaac I. Hayes, MD Born in Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1832, Hayes completed medical training at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1860, Hayes led his Arctic expedition on the schooner United States, and on return to Boston wrote his second book, The Open Polar Sea, a narrative in search for an… Continue reading “Strange Dream” of Isaac I. Hayes, Part 1 of 2

Dr. Isaac Hayes and Ellesmere Island Paleontology

Post submitted by Frances Hennessey.  Fascinated with Arctic exploration for some time, she has concentrated on the writings of Isaac I. Hayes, MD. She writes informally on Arctic-related topics, and also writes poetry, some of which are vignettes of her reading and personal experiences. Her poem Silurian Headlands was based on Dr. Hayes’ exploration of Ellesmere… Continue reading Dr. Isaac Hayes and Ellesmere Island Paleontology

Persons Represented

POSTED BY MICHAEL LAPIDES The idea for a  new  Arctic Visions blog category named Persons Represented is suggested through Isaac Israel Hayes’ Land of Desolation – Being a Personal Narrative of Observation and Adventure in Greenland. Published in 1872 Hayes’ book is, like Bradford’s Arctic Regions, a narrative of their 1869 voyage aboard the Panther. In the exhibit the two books… Continue reading Persons Represented

Bradford, Hayes, and Wasson

POSTED BY RUSSELL POTTER A recent discovery by Ethelind Wright at the University of Southern Maine has revealed that William Bradford’s ambition to make use of the lantern-slide versions of the Arctic views made under his supervision by Dunmore and Critcherson dates back much earlier than any of us working on the exhibit had realized.… Continue reading Bradford, Hayes, and Wasson