What’s New

Sunday, June 9, 1:30 pm, Writers Group via Zoom. Katya Miller and Rosemarie Cleese will present.

Sunday, June 20,  2:00 pm, Monthly Program, via Zoom. David Hirzel on

The Socialite and the Sea Captain

Louise Arner Boyd and Captain Bob Bartlett on the 1941 Arctic Voyage of the Effie M. Morrissey

A talk by David Hirzel on the prickly relationship between the socialite and the sea captain on his famous schooner Effie M. Morrissey. When war threatened U.S. neutrality in 1940, the government in Washington, D.C. hired Louise Arner Boyd to lead an expedition through the high Arctic. She in turn hired Captain Bartlett, and thus began the uneasy relationship between the two on board his ship during the summer months of 1941. This was not the first polar expedition Boyd had organized and led, but Bartlett was an old-school “man’s man” and captain of the ship.

Who, in fact, was the leader?

Polar historian David Hirzel has edited the transcribed journals of each of them and published them side by side in The Socialite and the Sea Captain for an intimate view of how each viewed the Arctic world around them, and the foibles of each as they came to light.

David Hirzel has had a lifelong fascination with first-hand accounts of polar exploration and has compiled some into books published by his own Terra Nova Press. He is the author of books, plays and poetry. He has also published an article in Marlinspike Magazine on the four-year restoration of the Effie M. Morrissey at Boothbay Harbor Shipyard in Maine, soon to continue her 126-year history afloat. David has had a coastal building design business since the 1980s and lives on the coast in Pacifica. When not writing, he might be found sailing on the Bay, or crossing the Atlantic sharing his maritime expertise with fellow travelers.


Note: You might want to read up on the remarkable, Bay Area-based Louise Arner Boyd beforehand, and if your curiosity is piqued, there is a biography of her, The Polar Adventures of a Rich American Dame.

Member News

Members' Recent Activities:

Leslie Friedman’s play, “The Exhibitionist,” received three Zoom presentations. Play by Play, the organization founded and led by Institute member Judith Offer, presented it on a program that included Judith’s play, “Not Too Kosher,” on January 31. That reading/ performance led to two more, on February 3 and 11. “The Exhibitionist” is a satirical, one-act play with two characters re-meeting on what might be a date. Jonathan Clark (Leslie’s husband) played Danny and Leslie played Lily. Leslie has also been invited to give a talk about her recent book, The Story of Our Butterflies: Mourning Cloaks in Mountain View, for Stanford’s program, Company of Authors.

John Graham’s second book, "The Reeducation Of A Turd Peddler” is available for purchase (www.thebookpatch.com). He describes it as “historic, meta-fiction, and satire” which follows Junipero Serra’s heart “stuck in a jar for two hundred years and reveals who stole it and why.”

As of March 2021, Bert Gordon is Associate Editor of the Journal of Tourism History, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis in England. He may be contacted with questions about the journal at: bmgordon@ mills.edu.

Susan Nuernberg reports that she is moving back to Wisconsin, where she will continue her work on Charmian Kittrege London, transcribing and annotating her handwritten diaries (1904-1916) for publication by the University of Nebraska Press. She expects to complete her project in a year.

Welcome to our newest members, members, both currently residing in London, England. Laure Latham describes herself as “a blogger, storyteller and lawyer,” holding a B.A. in religious anthropology from Paris Jussieu University and a B.A. in law from La Sorbonne. She has practiced law at the Paris Bar and has taught international tax at La Sorbonne. Her writings include articles on the environment as well as children and the outdoors. Laure coauthored George-Daniel de Monfreid: Ami et confident de Gauguin and is currently working on a fictional account of Russian America and Ohlone people taking place in 1839 California.

Esther Shallan is a philosopher (PhD in Philosophy from Oxford Brookes University and Mphil in the philosophy of psychology from Kings College London) with interests and research on the problem of evil, the nature of suffering, and personality traits. She is also a psychotherapist working in North London who specializes in bereavement, depression, and anxiety disorders. Esther is currently working on a book entitled “God, Good and Evil: The Problem of Moral Evil Re-evaluated.”

Congratulations to Our 2020 Mini-Grant Recipients:

Steven Levi for expenses of a visual presentation of his poem, “The Contract," about women's suffrage.
Pam Peirce for editing of her biography of Katherine Gibson Wicks.

Members:  Please submit news of your history-related publications, lectures, awards, research finds, etc. to info@instituteforhistoricalstudy.org.