Friday, May 29, 2020

June 2020 Virtual Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

Virtual Genealogy Events in New England June 2020

Stay connected while staying safe at home!   Scheduled events are listed first, and ongoing programs online are listed below (just scroll down).  Some events are free, and some online classes have fees.  Most are open to the public. 

For last minute additions, please email me at and I can edit this post, and also check the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at 


May 30, Saturday, 10am, Sara Campbell presents a webinar “You Can Write Your Family Story” sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, MSOG Inc.  Free to the public.  Please register here: 

May 30, Saturday, 2pm, Virtual Tour: Dead People I Have Met with Rob Velella, hosted by Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Free to the public, please reserve your “ticket” through Eventbrite.  

June 2, Tuesday, 1pm, A Soldier's Life Virtual Program: Equipment and Food, hosted by Fort Ticonderoga.  This 45 minute presentation will explore how the soldiers survived during the Revolutionary War.  

June 2, Tuesday, 4pm, Return to the Catskills, presented by Phil Brown, Founder and President of the Catskills Institute. This is a Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center Event sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Free to the public.  Register here: 

June 2, Tuesday, 8pm, Sources for Landed and Titled People hosted by Family Tree Webinars, and presented by Paul Milner.  

June 3, Wednesday, 4pm, Family Search: Records Innovations, hosted by Family Search at Facebook Live. Presented by Ty Davies.  

June 3, Wednesday, 5:30pm, Picturing Political Power: Images in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, an online program with Allison K. Lange, Wentworth Institute of Technology, in conversation with Catherine Allgor of the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Sponsored by MHS.  Register here for free: 

June 3, Wednesday, 6:30pm – 9pm, Getting Started on with Family History: The US Census, hosted by Charter Oak Genealogy and the Russell Library.  Registration and more information is available at  

June 4, Thursday, 3pm, Picture It: The Women's Suffrage Movement, hosted by the American Antiquarian Society, and presented by Allison K. Lange in conversation with Allison Horrocks and Mary Mahoney.  Free to the public, but registration is required.  

June 4, Thursday, 3pm, Virtual (Online) Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Genealogy, hosted by the Central Library of Buffalo, New York.  Presented by Jeanette Sheliga.  This class will held virtually using Zoom.  Please sign up ahead of time at this link: 

June 4, Thursday, 7pm, Researching Indigenous Ancestors in Northern Ontario, Canada, presented by Jenna Lemay. 

June 4, Thursday, 8pm, The Lost Soul of the American Presidency: The Decline into Demagoguery and the Prospects for Renewal, presented by Stephen F. Knott, author, and hosted by History Camp.  At History Camp Online Facebook page, and archived later at the website  

June 5, Friday, 2pm, Laid Waste! The Culture of Exploitation in Early America, by John Lauritz Larson of Purdue University, hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Register here for free:  

June 5, Friday, 4pm, Ireland's Great Famine in Irish-American History: Fateful Memory, Indelible Legacy, a Humanities to Go Online presentation hosted by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Presented by author Dr. Mary Kelly.  Free to the public. You can join by phone or computer using the free Zoom software. Register here:  

June 5, Friday, 4pm,  Special Webinar:  The English Garden: Perfection on Earth, sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, Curator of Special Collections. Free to the public.  Register here:  

June 6, Saturday, 9:30am, Overlooked Municipal Records (The Secrets of My DPW Vault), hosted by the Worcester County chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Presented by Sara Campbell.  Free to the public.  Register at this link:  

June 8, Monday, 3pm, Isaiah Thomas's Apprenticeship: The Labor and Value of Children's Literature, hosted by the American Antiquarian Society.  Presented by Karen Sanchez-Eppler.  This online event is free, but registration is required. You will be sent an email with a link and instructions upon registration:

June 8, Monday, 6pm, The Art of Mourning Jewelry - A Virtual Event, hosted by King's Chapel and the Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Presented by metalsmith and collector Sarah Nehama.  Pre-registration is required by contacting or registering at this link:    

June 8, Monday, 6pm, An American Inspiration Author Event – Honor Moore with Our Revolution: A Mother and Daughter at Mid-Century, presented in partnership with the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Boston Public Library, and the State Library of Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Register here: 

June 8, Monday, 7pm, The New York Gateway: Immigration, Emigration, and Migration, hosted by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.  Presented by Jane E. Wilcox.  This Online Webinar requires registration at this link: 

June 10, Wednesday, 1pm, Living History at Home: What is Juneteenth?  Hosted by the New York Historical Society. Register via Zoom at this link:  

June 10, Wednesday, 6pm, Using DNA to Answer Real Research Question:  three Case Studies by Gail Blankenau, hosted by Family Tree Webinars.  Presented by Gail Shaffer Blanenau.  

June 10, Wednesday 6pm, Baxter Lecture with Francis J. Bremer:  The Unappreciated Role of Women in the Shaping of Puritanism, sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Boston Public Library. Register by Wednesday May 27 at 10am.  Email for more registration information.

June 10, Wednesday, 7pm, Finding Uncle Frank: Buried Under the Wrong Name, hosted by the Chicopee Public Library, and presented by genealogist Julie Szcezepankiewicz.  Julie will share how she discovered the identity of a Polish-American soldier buried under the wrong name. To receive an invitation to this online talk please email the library at or call M-F between 9am and 4pm at 413-594-1800 ext. 3.  

June 11, Thursday, 2pm,  William Bradford and Plymouth:  The View from 400 Years, hosted by the Boston Public Library.  Presented by Dr. Francis J. Bremer.  This online lecture is free to the first 120 people who register.  Please register here:

June 11, Thursday, 3pm, First Steps in Family History, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Ann Lawthers.  Free to the public.  Register here:  

June 11, Thursday, 5:30pm, Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading, presented by Donna Harrington Lueker of Salve Regina University.  Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Register here for free:  

June 11, Thursday, 6pm, Using Timelines and Tables to Analyze your Genealogical Research, hosted by the Georgia Genealogical Society, and presented by Cari A. Taplin, CG. Register at: 

June 11, Thursday, 8pm (EDT), History Camp Online Livestream Session with Don Cygan, historian and author of “No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Batogne”, hosted by History Camp .  At History Camp Online Facebook page, and archived later at the website  

June 13, Saturday, 10am, Genealogy Workshop - Genealogy 101, hosted by the Vermont Historical Society.  Presented by Lynn Johnson.  This 90 minute workshop is free for Vermont Historical Society and Vermont Genealogy Library members, or $10 session or $25 per series for non-members. Register here:

June 13, Saturday, 10:30am, Adding Spreadsheets to your Genealogy Toolkit, hosted by the Middlesex County chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Presented by Susan O'Connor.  Free to the public. Register at this link:  

June 16, Tuesday, 4pm, Special Webinar – From Teeming Zion’s Fertile Womb:  The Curious Career of Judah Monis, presented by Michael Hoberman, sponsored by the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Free to the public.  Register here: 

June 16, Tuesday, 6pm, Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives, hosted by Family Tree Webinars.  Presented by David Ouimette, CG.  

June 16, Tuesday, 6pm, Smarter Search Strategies for Genealogy, presented by Thomas MacEntee.  Register at: 

June 16, Tuesday, 7pm, "Investigating a Family Legend" a webinar hosted by the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. Presented by Erica Voolich. Register here:

June 17, Wednesday, noon, Bridging The Gap:  Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1840, hosted by Family Tree Webinars.  Presented by D. Joshua Taylor. 

June 17, Wednesday, 6:30 – 7:30pm, Connecticut Genealogy Research:  The Basics, hosted by Charter Oak Genealogy and the Russell Library.  For more information and to register, go to   

June 17, Wednesday, 7pm, The Other Census – US State Censuses, presented by Thomas MacEntee.  Register here:  

June 18, Thursday, noon, A Conversation with the Authors- The Rebel and the Tory, hosted by the Vermont Historical Society. Presented by historians and authors Nick Muller and Gary Shattuck about their new book "The Rebel and the Tory: Ethan Allen, Philip Skene, and the Dawn of Vermont". Join on Facebook Live at the Vermont Historical Society page or via Zoom:

June 18, Thursday, 3pm, Getting Started in Portuguese Genealogy, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Rhonda McClure, Senior Genealogist.  Free to the public. Register here:  

June 18, Thursday, 6pm, Seven Proven Strategies for Identifying Slave Ownership and Reconstructing Families, hosted by the Florida State Genealogical Society.  Presented by Janis Minor Forte.  Register here: 

June 19, Friday, 1- 4 pm, Juneteenth 2020 - Music to Celebrate Our Ancestors, hosted by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire. This webinar is hosted via Zoom, please register here: 

June 19, Friday, 1pm, Boston's 10th Annual Juneteenth Emancipation Oberservance 2020 (Virtual), hosted by the National Center for Afro American Artists, Juneteenth Committee.  This event will air on BNN and lives streaming online. 

June 20, Online Conference – Researching English Eastern Canada, sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, presented by Sheilagh Doerfler, David Allen Lambert, Judy Lucey, Rhodna R. McClure, and Melanie McComb.  Cost $125.  Live Q&A June 20, access June 10 through September 30.  Register here:  Full agenda and topics at this link:  

June 20, Saturday, 10am, Juneteenth 2020 - The Diet of Our Ancestors, hosted by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire.  This virtual panel of scholars, featuring special guest Adrian Miller, will explore how history, science, and food connect major events in African American history. This talk will be held via Zoom, please register here: 

June 20, Saturday, 10am, Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Boston History, hosted by the Merrimack Valley chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. Presented by Paul Della Valle.  GTM attendance link:  (no need to register).  

June 20, Saturday, noon, Weaving Stories of the Enslaved: Conversation with Karen Hampton, hosted by the Free Soil Arts Collective.  This virtual conversation with fiber artist Karen Hampston will be held on Facebook Live.   

June 20, Saturday, 5:30pm, The Three Cornered War: The Union, the Confederacy, and Native Peoples in the Fight for the West, presented by author Megan Kate Nelson in conversation with Kanisorn Wongrichanalai of the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Register here for free: 

June 20, Saturday, 5:30pm, 1774:  The Long Year of Revolution, presented by Mary Beth Norton of Cornell University.  Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society. Register here for free: 

June 21, Sunday, 2pm, Virtual Preservation Roadshow, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center.  $85 per person for 3+ hours of instructional video, handouts, articles and templates; personalized advice from a qualified archiviest or conservator on one family item; view a gallery of submitted items; special discounts and virtual door prizes; live Q&A with the instructors; extended access to materials until September 2020.  Register here:  

June 23, Tuesday, noon, Working with SuperSearch to Find the Correct Historical Record, hosted by Family Tree Webinars. Presented by Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage.  Register here:  

June 24, Wednesday, noon, Utilizing the HathiTrust Digital Library for Family History Research, hosted by Family Tree Webinars. Presented by Colleen Greene, MLIS.  Register here:  

June 24, Wednesday, 1pm, Digging In:  Preserving Ticonderoga's 18th Century Tool Collection, hosted by Fort Ticonderoga.  Join the director of collections, Miranda Peters, on Facebook for this virtual class.   

June 25 – June 27, 9:30am – 5pm (EDT), Research Program:  Virtual Spring Research Stay at Home, presented by New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Cost $375, Register by June 10 at this link:   Six lectures and access to recordings, lecture handouts and materials, two one-on-one consultations with experts, access to the experts via online chat. 

June 25, Thursday, 8pm (EDT), Ted Widmer, author of Lincoln on the Verge: Thirteen Days to Washington, will discuss Lincoln's 13 day journey to Washington for his first inauguration.  Hosted by History Camp Online.   At History Camp Online Facebook page, and archived later at the website  

June 27, Saturday, 10am EDT, 9am Central, 8am Mountain, 7am Pacific, 3pm London, June 28 midnight Sydney, Australia, "It Helps to Know: Better Searches" hosted by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega.   Free to the public. To enter the virtual meeting, type your name, location, and then click "Enter as a Guest" 

June 27, Saturday, 12 noon EDT, 11am Central, 10am Mountain, 9am Pacific, 5 pm London, June 28 2am Sydney, Australia, "A Genealogical Exploration:  New to You Resources for Your Research", presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega.   Free to the public. To enter the virtual meeting, type your name, location, and then click "Enter as a Guest"

June 27, Saturday, 2pm EDT, 1pm Central, 12 noon, Mountain, 11am Pacific, 7pm London, June 28 4am Sydney, Australia., "10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started" hosted by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.  Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega.  Free to the public. To enter the virtual meeting, type your name, location, and then click "Enter as a Guest" 

June 27, 4pm EDT, 3pm Central, 2pm Mountain, 1pm Pacific, 9pm London,  June 28 6am Sydney, Australia "Genealogy Fun and Games: How Much Do You Know?" hosted by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, a 20th Anniversary Event.  Presented by Gena Philibert-Ortega and Susanna deGroot.  A special bonus session with some games, drawings, and $10,000 worth of prizes.  Free to the public. No registration or password required.  At the scheduled time in your time zone, click this link, type your name and geographic location, and click "Enter as a Guest": 

June 29, Monday, 7pm, A Virtual Tour of Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts, hosted by New England Curiosities.  This tour will be conducted on Zoom. An email link and password will be sent to all registered participants. Fee of $15 per person.  Register at this link:

June 30, Tuesday, 4pm, Special Webinar:  Jewish Life in Rural New England:  How did the Jews get to Mars Hill, Maine and other stories from the field, presented by Michael Hoberman, sponsored by the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Free to the public.  Register here: 

July 1, Wednesday, 5:30pm, The Cabinet: George Washington & the Creation of an American Institution, presented by author Kindsay M. Chervinsky. Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Register here for free: 

July 9, Thursday, 4pm, “What’s New at” online webinar sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Molly Rogers, Database Coordinator. Free to the public.  Register by July 9 

July 9, Thursday, 3pm, What’s New at  Presented by Molly Rogers, Database Coordinator of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Free to the public. Register here: 

July 18, Saturday, La Mia Famiglia: Researching Italian Ancestors, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Rhonda McClure.  Cost $125 per person.  This online conference will show you how to find the origins of your Italian ancestors, provide tips on accessing and understanding records, discuss how past geopolitical changes can affect your research, and offer strategies for online and onsite research.  Register by July 18 at this link:  

July 20, Monday, 5:30pm, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, presented by author and former Boston Globe reporter Larry Tye.  Register here for free:  

September 7, Monday, 11am - 6pm, 36th Annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival (Virtual Event) hosted by the Bread and Roses Heritage Festival, New England's only true Labor Day festival.  Stay tune to this page for more details on this online event.

Ongoing programs online:

Ancestry Academy, from, provides dozens of FREE classes online.  See this link:  

APGen, The Association of Professional Genealogists has several online events coming soon, see the list at this link:

Brigham Young University Independent Study, a variety of courses on family history topics completely free and available online.  See this link:

Family History Library Classes and Webinars, from the LDS church, are listed at this link:   and also see this page for dozens of classes online:
Wednesdays 4pm (MST) on Facebook Live at Family Search   See this link   Free online genealogy presentations.

FamilyTree Webinars are free to the public and sponsored by FamilyTree Legacy:  see this link:   and a list of their top 10 most popular webinars of all time here: 

GeneaWebinars, a blog with the latest news on what’s available to view online:  and also, their schedule of FREE family history webinars PDF can be found here: 

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg will be virtual this summer. See the website for classes offered June 21 – 26, July 6 -10, and July 19 -24. Some classes are postposed to the summer of 2021.   

The History List has compiled a list of “Learning at Home” at this link:  

Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research 2020 will be held virtually this year 26 – 31 July 2020.   Registration ends 11:55 EDT on Monday 6 July 2020.  

Lexington Historical Society – A page full of virtual tours  

Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts has a page of online videos and resources for students and visitors.  See this link: 

Manchester Millyard Museum:  A collection of local history videos about Manchester, New Hampshire, please see this link:  

Old Sturbridge Village Museum has “Virtual Village” where the staff will bring the museum into your home with fun facts, activities, recipes, and videos.  You can see it on Facebook, Instagram and at this link:

Plimoth Plantation has several online workshops and discussions good for all ages
                People of the Dawn – Wampanoag culture and traditions $10
                Fact or Fiction? Investigating the First Thanksgiving, $10
                Colonial First Families: Their New Worlds and Everyday Lives, $10
                Dressing History – a sneak peek into 17th century wardrobes, $10 

Virtual Genealogical Association -, has a complete list of 2020 live presentations.  Recordings are available to members for six months after the live presentation, dues are only $20 per year. 

And, as always, check Cyndi’s List for a complete list of online classes and webinars:  

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Updated Mayflower 400 Schedule

The revised schedule…

In 2020:

September 17, US Post Office will release the commemorative US stamp with an image of the Mayflower. There will be a ceremony in Plymouth, next to the Mayflower’s home berth on the waterfront.

Indigenous History Conference, Oct. 29-30: Slated to begin on Oct. 29 at Bridgewater State University, the conference is still scheduled as planned but will ultimately be determined by COVID-19 guidelines in the coming months. Plans for a virtual conference are being considered as an alternative to gathering in person.

Illuminate Thanksgiving 2020, Nov. 20-25: This annual tradition will be held as a virtual event with partners from four nations; the Netherlands, UK and Wampanoag tribes. Plymouth International Chorus, Plymouth UK and US public schools, One Small Candle award recipients, interviews, and performances will be included. Programming will be held during Thanksgiving week 2020. NBC10 and PACTV will facilitate the production and broadcast the virtual event. Depending upon public health data and guidelines at that time, some elements of Illuminate Thanksgiving, such as the Procession of Lights, may be held as a limited and appropriately distanced event.

In 2021:

Plymouth 400 Remembrance Ceremony, April 23, 2021: This ceremony will be held with visiting dignitaries and local and State officials to remember the Pilgrims and Wampanoag people of 1620 and their contributions and sacrifices. The ceremony will take place at significant monuments in Plymouth. Details for this event are still being formed.

Wampanoag Ancestors Walk, May 2021: The walk, originally scheduled for August of 2020, will be moved to May, 2021. Final date and details to come.

Official Maritime Salute to the 400th Anniversary, June 25-27, 2021: This large-scale Plymouth waterfront event planned for June 27 and 28 of 2020 has been moved to June 25-27 of 2021. An extra day has been added to include a 400th Anniversary ceremony to kick off the weekend.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants Board of Assistants meeting, tentatively scheduled for September 7 -12 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. This will include a dedication ceremony for the bronze statue of William Bradford in the garden of the Mayflower House. 


Plymouth 400 Commemoration Opening Ceremony: The ceremony, originally scheduled for April 24, 2020, was cancelled. While it is not possible to recreate this event in its entirety, some elements of the ceremony will be incorporated into other events.

Official State House Salute to the 400th Anniversary: Originally scheduled to take place on Sept. 14, 2020, this event is cancelled, with consideration for September of 2021.

Embarkation Multicultural Festival: Originally scheduled for Sept. 19, 2020, this has been cancelled, with elements of the event added to other events.

Mayflower II in Provincetown, Massachusetts – September 10 – 14, Provincetown, Massachusetts. The planned events by the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce were cancelled and no new date has been set.  

See these links for more information:

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants:   

Plymouth 400 website:   

United Kingdom Mayflower 400 Events:  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Updated Mayflower 400 Schedule", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 28, 2020, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Three Flying Geese ~ Weathervane Wednesday

Today's Weathervane Wednesday photographs were taken in Dunbarton, New Hampshire.

Every spring I enjoy driving through the town of Dunbarton to view the daffodils.  The Garden Club of Dunbarton has sponsored a drive to plant thousands and thousands of daffodils along the roads and near the intersections.  This project started in 2015 for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town of Dunbarton.  If you time it right, you can enjoy a tour of the blooms every year.  We took a detour through town recently and saw many clusters of daffodils, including this beautiful weathervane on the Stark Highway (Route 13). 

This is a nice group of three flying geese, all three dimensional attached to the end of a roof on a private home. There was no cupola.  There are no trees in the yard, either, so this weathervane is easily visible year round.  

Good spots to see the Dunbarton daffodils include all along the Stark Highway, especially down near the intersection with Route 77 near the Molly Stark house.  If you follow Route 77 west there are hundreds of daffodils planted on the dike just past the Pages Country Store.  Look along the entrances to driveways for more clusters of daffodil plantings. Mid April to early May seem to be the best times to view the daffodils, but it varies with the weather every year. 

Click here to see the May/June 2018 issue of New Hampshire Home, and click through to pages 36 - 42 for photos and a story of the daffodils in Dunbarton:  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Three Flying Geese ~ Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 27, 2020, ( accessed [access date]).

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Chinook's Final Great Adventure at the South Pole

The Bee (Danville, VA)
24 Feb. 1928, front page
Sled Expert Getting Canines in Condition for Voyage to South Pole   
Richmond, Va. Feb 24 - (AP) - Commander Richard Evelyn Byrd has recently visited Monalancet [sic], N. H., on a tour of inspection of his dog teams now being trained there for his projected trip to the south pole where three dog teams are in training, according to information here.  
     These dogs are being trained by Arthur T. Walden, noted sled-dog expert, who will be Byrd's do chief of the south pole expedition.  Mr. Walden, in addition to training the dogs, is now breaking in three assistants. They are W. D. Vaughan, A. D. Crocker, and S. C. Crocker, all Harvard graduates.  
   A hundred dogs carefully selected, with seven dogs to a team, will be taken by Commander Byrd.  At present only three teams are being groomed.  One lead dog is hitched in front, while the six others are hitched in pairs behind.  One of these dogs now being groomed is the famous Chinook, hero of many Arctic expeditions.
     Each dog team will haul 2,000 pounds over the Antarctic snow and ice and will be used in equipping the various supply bases which Byrd will establish before he makes his final dash by airplane to the bottom of the world.  Approximately 3,500 miles will have to be covered by the dog teams in establishing these bases.  
     The trail will lead across the 500 miles of the practically flat Ross ice barrier, which extends from the Bay of Whale to the mountain barrier marking the beginning of the vast, unexplored south polar continent.  The first step will be to build a base on the barrier far enough in from the Bay of Whale to insure against breaking off or floating away from the ice ring.  Then the dog teams will be sent out in the direction of the pole to mark possible landing places for the three planes to be taken along.
     Commander Byrd expects to mark out the bases every 200 miles, using his planes to carry food and fuel supplies until the barrier is reached.  At the mountain barrier the final base will be established about 350 miles from the ultimate goal.
     The remaining 80 dogs to be taken will be assembled in Greenland and shipped to this country by Inspector Joy of the Northwest mounted police, an old friend of the commander.  The problem of transporting the dogs through the torrid zone is a serious one and may require special refrigeration.
     Among the equipment Commander Byrd inspected while at Monalancet [sic] was the "umbrella type" tent, a new design to be used on the expedition...."

Arthur Treadwell Walden gained fame, along with Chinook, as a sled dog racer.  He learned to race in Alaska and Yukon during the Gold Rush of 1898, and came home to establish a kennel in Wonalancet, New Hampshire. He won races all over New England, and bred Chinook from one of Admiral Peary's sled dogs and one of his own farm dogs.  Chinook and his descendants were such good racers and pets that he continued to work on the breed for years.  

The Byrd Expedition to the South Pole was in 1928 to 1930.  Arthur T. Walden of Wonalancet, New Hampshire was named as the lead dog trainer, and he shipped the dogs from New York in the fall of 1928 by boat to Antarctica.  The base camp "Little America" was established on the Ross Ice Shelf, and the dog teams hauled cargo for the explorers.  Byrd returned to North America in June 1930, and the dogs were shipped ahead.  Walden had trained 100 dogs for the expedition, and Chinook was the father of 50 of the sled dogs.  

Sadly, in January 1929 Chinook, the lead dog, and favorite of Walden, disappeared from the camp.  There were conflicting stories, but it seems that Chinook wandered off and ever returned.  Newspapers around the world carried the news, including the front page of the New York Times.  

Hamilton Daily News, Hamilton, Ohio, front page, 25 April 1930

Chinook Said Goodbye!
Just an Arctic Dog But Master Weeps
As He Praises Him
"New York, April 28 - (AP) Arthur T. Walden, veteran of a thousand snowy trails, who were down to Antarctica as chief dog driver on the Byrd expedition, came home on the ice-scarred whaler C. A. Larsen today.
     Sixty-eight dogs came back with him - heroes, their job well done.
     But Chinook, their undisputed king when they sailed from Norfolk a year and a half ago - Chinook, who always slept at the foot of his master's bed - was not among them.
     And Chinook's master will never return to Antarctica.
     The gray-haired Walden, who was driving dog teams in Alaska before the gold rush of '98, paid his tribute to Chinook.
     As he finished he turned away, and his keen blue eyes - so intensely blue in his race, reddened by nearly 40 years on the trails- were filled with tears.
     "I'll never be half the man Chinook was," he said simply.
     "It was January 17 a year ago, his twelfth birthday, that Chinook passed away. The going was pretty hard down there, and you see, Chinook was an old dog.
      "The day before he went away, three of the other dogs pitched on him and put him down.  That was the first time Chinook had ever been off his feet in a fight in his life.  I guess he realized then that he was through.
      "That night he said good-bye to me.  Three times in the night he woke me up, putting his paw on my face.  He didn't whine or anything but he seemed to be trying to tell me something.
      "I didn't harness him the next morning, but as I started down the trail he followed me a little way.  Then he just - disappeared.
      "One of the men said he saw him last, a long way off on the barrier, going away.  That's the way they do, you know.  When they realize they're through, they just go off by themselves and die.  Chinook never came back.
      "Chinook was the grandest lead dog I've ever seen.  And he was more than a dog.  I miss the old fellow more all the time.  Often at night I dream about him.
      "Well - he didn't die in the harness.  But he died with his boots on.  And he was more of a man than I'll ever be."


Chinook's disappearance was covered world wide. After returning to New Hampshire, Arthur Walden was disinterested in continuing to race and breed his dogs. The Chinook Kennels in Wonalancet continued to operate under the Seeley family.  They bred Chinooks and Huskies for racers, pets, and for the US government.  The Chinooks continued to be excellent sled dogs, and wonderful pets that were friendly and gentle. Arthur T. Walden lived at the farm in Wonalancet, where he died in a fire in 1947.

Although the original dog, Chinook was gone, his story lived on as can be seen from the "Junior Pages" of the Jersey Journal, Secaucus, New Jersey, on 2 February 1929
"Dear Juniors,
Did you notice that the newspapers this week gave several columns of space to a story about a dog? The dog is Chinook, one of the big brown Eskimo huskies which went with Com. Byrd to the South Pole. Chinook was a "lead dog" and most faithful. On his twelfth birthday he went out into the snow and ice and never returned and the whole Byrd camp mourn his loss... Walden the man who trains the dogs and to whom they respond like soldiers in an army, is heart-sick at the loss of his most faithful dog... It isn't often that dogs get so prominent a place in a newspaper as these dogs with the Byrd expedition have. I hope the Juniors have been following these stories and I hope you will read this one about fine old Chinook... Doesn't it please you to know these dogs who deserve honor are getting it?  Yours sincerely, THE EDITOR"

This blog post is part 3 of a series of stories about Chinook. I'll be posting more about Chinook's legacy next week.

Part 1 "Who was Chinook?":

Part 2 "Chinook's Operation":


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Chinook's Great Adventure at the South Pole", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 21, 2020, ( accessed [access date]).