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The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame - A Life of Louise Arner Boyd

January 24th – “The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame – A Life of Louise Arner Boyd” by Joanna Kafarowski (sign up for this event before January 20th, 2018)
After inheriting the family fortune while only in her thirties, Louise Arner Boyd (1887-1972) began leading a double life. She fell under the spell of the north in the 1920s after a sailing excursion to the Arctic. Over the next three decades, she achieved international fame as a rugged polar explorer while maintaining her flamboyant lifestyle as a leading society woman. Despite organizing and financing seven daring Arctic expeditions between 1926 and 1955, she is virtually unknown today.

Louise Arner Boyd has a strong connection with Rochester. Her maternal grandfather, Dr. Thomas Arner practised medicine here and was the secretary of the Monroe County Medical Society. During the Civil War, he was the Assistant Surgeon with the 108th Infantry Regiment (Rochester Regiment). Her maternal grandmother, Theodocia Cook Arner edited The Hospital Review (Rochester City Hospital) and Journal of the Home (Rochester Home for the Friendless).

Dr. Joanna Kafarowski has worked extensively with Indigenous communities in the Arctic and has participated in a North Pole Last Degree Expedition. She looks forward to sharing her passion for the Arctic and for Louise Arner Boyd.

$5 for non-members. Be sure to let us know you are coming - if we don't have 8 attendees we will cancel. Email - czuhlke@rochesterhistory.org, call 585-623-8285 or send a Facebook message. Thanks!