University Museum

Current Exhibit

To the Ends of the Earth:
New Hampshire's Connection to Polar Exploration & Research

black and white image of sled dogs pulling sled across arctic landscape
Photo courtesy of Byrd Polar Archives, The Ohio State University

January 25–March 31, 2018
The University of New Hampshire's two museums, the Museum of Art in the Paul Creative Arts Center, and the UNH Museum in Dimond Library, are collaborating on two disparate exhibits about the Earth's polar regions. Evidence from early polar exploration up to the work of today's researchers will be interpreted from the perspective of explorers, scientists, historians, and artists. Stories and works of art which document the grave dangers and the stark beauty of Antarctica and the Arctic highlight these fragile areas that are a bellwether of this planet's future.

Opening Reception

  • 4:00–5:00 PM, UNH Museum, Specials Collections, Dimond Library walk through of exhibition with Rob Stephenson, historian and collector whose collection is featured in the exhibition
  • 5:00–6:00 PM, UNH Museum of Art presentation, Paul Arts auditorium, Art and Science discussion with artist Anna McKee and UNH science coordinator Mark Twickler
  • 6:00–8:00 PM, UNH Museum of Art exhibition reception, UNH Museum in Dimond Library open, volunteers will help visitors navigate to and from both venues

Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook

Thursday, February 1, 4:00–6:00 PM
Milne Special Collections and Archives, level 1, Dimond Library

Presentation by Bob Cottrell, made possible by the New Hampshire Humanities Council through its “Humanities to Go” program. Cottrell’s talk describes the Chinook breed’s historical connection to dog sledding in New Hampshire and historic polar exploration.

Program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Some Antarctic Explorers and Their Books

Thursday, February 15, 4:00–6:00 PM
Milne Special Collections and Archives, level 1, Dimond Library

Presentation by Robert Stephenson, historian and collector from Jaffrey, NH ( Stephenson will discuss rare books such as the “Aurora Australis,” the first book to be written, edited, illustrated, printed, bound, and issued in the Antarctic during Shackleton’s Nimrod expedition of 1907–1909.

Program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Panel Conversation: Sounds with Wendy Jacob, Michael Palace, and Daniel R. Howard

Wednesday, March 21, 12:10–1:00 PM
Paul Creative Arts Center, A218

This panel conversation features Long Eye artist Wendy Jacob, Michael Palace, ambient sound artist, and UNH Research Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, and Daniel R. Howard, Ph.D., UNH Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.

Lecture: The Memory of Ice: Arctic Visions and (Re) Visions from the Victorian Era to the Present with Dr. Russell A. Potter

Wednesday, March 28, 12:10–1:00 PM
Paul Creative Arts Center, A218

Dr. Russell A. Potter, is a Professor of English and Media Studies, at Rhode Island College, Providence. Potter’s most recent book, Finding Franklin: The Untold Story of a 165-Year Search, about the ill-fated Franklin Expedition of 1845 was published in 2016. He has appeared in Arctic Passage, an Emmy-nominated episode of PBS’s NOVA, and he serves as editor of the Arctic Book Review.

The End of “the Heroic Era,” Diary of a New Hampshire Polar Explorer


Milne Special Collections and Archives, level 1, Dimond Library

Stuart D. Paine of Durham, NH, was field navigator, radio operator, and dog team driver for the Second Byrd Antarctic Expedition of 1933-1935, the last major privately-funded expedition of Antarctic discovery. An expedition overview, unique photographs, and possibly archival film footage will be presented by Merlyn L. Paine, historian, geographer, and Stuart Paine’s daughter, who compiled and edited her father’s materials into “Footsteps on the Ice: The Antarctic Diaries of Stuart D. Paine, Second Byrd Expedition,” published by the University of Missouri Press. Program made possible by UNH Iola Hubbard Climate Change Endowment fund.

Program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Dance Composition: Space, Time, and Movement of the Polar Circles

Thursday, March 29, 10:00–11:00 AM
Paul Creative Arts Center, Museum of Art

This dance composition is directed by Gay Nardone, Director of Dance, UNH. Dance composition students celebrate and interpret the art on display in Long Eye, Museum of Art.

Exhibits and programming made possible by the E. Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund, the Iola Hubbard Climate Change Endowment, and the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

Museum Location

The University Museum is located on level 1 in Dimond Library in Special Collections & Archives.

Museum Hours

Monday through Friday 12:00–4:00 PM
Wednesday 12:00–7:00 PM (during regular semester hours)
Closed between exhibits
See the Hours page for regular Library hours and exceptions.

Previous Exhibit

Panels from the A Brilliant Life: The Musical Career of New Hampshire’s Amy Beach exhibit will be on tour throughout New Hampshire. See the tour schedule to catch the exhibit at a location near you!