FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release Dated: April 20, 2011
Will Steger Foundation
Event: North Pole ’86 Expedition: 25th Anniversary Celebration
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd W., St. Paul
Cost: $12 adults, $5 college students and ages 9-17; $10 MHS adult members. Reservations recommended.
Call for more information: 651-259-3015 or .
Web site: http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/northpole
CELEBRATE LANDMARK ARCTIC JOURNEY WITH THE MINNESOTANS WHO MADE HISTORY 25 YEARS AGO
Relive the trials and triumphs of the historic 1986 expedition to the North Pole with Minnesotans Will Steger, Paul Schurke, Ann Bancroft and other members of the original team. They endured 56 days skiing and dog sledding over a thousand miles of shifting sea ice with temperatures dipping as low as minus 76. Team members from Minnesota, Alaska, Canada and New Zealand will share stories, slides and film footage and also reveal the dramatic ways the Arctic has changed over the past 25 years.
National Geographic called the team’s accomplishment, the first confirmed journey to reach the North Pole without resupply, a “landmark in polar exploration.” The story of their trek forever transformed human perceptions of the Arctic from frozen wasteland to a living and changing part of the Earth.
The Will Steger Foundation, the Consulate General of Canada and the Minnesota Historical Society are hosting this event.
About the Minnesota History Center:
The Minnesota History Center is located at 345 Kellogg Blvd. W. in St. Paul. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays (admission is free on Tuesdays from 5 to 8 p.m.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 651-259-3000 or 1-800-657-3773.
The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism. The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.
About the Will Steger Foundation:
Established by Polar Explorer Will Steger in 2006, the Will Steger Foundation is educating, inspiring and empowering people of all ages to engage in climate change solutions. www.willstegerfoundation.org.
About the Consulate General of Canada:
The Consulate General of Minneapolis is part of a network of Canadian offices across the United States working to promote trade and investment links, engage citizens and decision-makers on matters of shared interest, and assist Canadians living and traveling in the U.S. www.canadainternational.gc.ca/minneapolis/