Melissa Sagen

Archive Discoveries: Pioneering Mariner Electa Johnson

  Electa “Exy” Johnson’s love for the sea began in college when she boarded a schooner and sailed around France. On that voyage she met a crew member who became her future husband, Irving Johnson. After their marriage in 1933, ...

From Our Archives: Men Against the Ice

By Melissa Sagen Listen to the introduction to Bjorn O. Staib’s lecture on his expedition to the North Pole and view some of their hardships traversing the Arctic. Besides the goal of reaching the North Pole, the expedition had ...

Viewing the Solar Eclipse—in 1937

By Melissa Sagen “Like a hungry small boy sitting down to Thanksgiving dinner, an astronomer at a total eclipse of the sun is there to get all he can while he has the chance. The boy is determined to stuff ...