***Please note: Due to high interest in the evening events and the potential for a large audience, the September 13 & September 15 events will be held at Nathan Hale Ray High School (15 School Drive, Moodus, CT 06469).***
Celebrate the life and accomplishments of East Haddam resident Capt. George Comer. George Comer was a polar explorer, whaler, seal hunter, ethnologist, cartographer, author, and photographer. Comer was born in Quebec City, Quebec in 1858, but he grew up in East Haddam. In 1877, he and his wife made their home on Mount Parnassus Road.
Captain George Comer was considered the most famous American whaling captain of Hudson Bay and the world’s foremost authority on Hudson Bay Inuit in the early 20th century.
Please join the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum and the East Haddam Library System for a celebration to honor the life and accomplishments of Capt. Comer at the following events:
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 7:30 PM at the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum guest speaker, Fred Calabretta, Curator of Collections and Oral Historian at Mystic Seaport, will speak about the life and adventures of Captain Comer in Antarctica, Hudson Bay, Greenland, and East Haddam.
Friday, September 15, 2017 – 7:00 PM at the East Haddam Historical Society & Museum guest speaker Bernadette Dean, cultural advisor on Inuit & Arctic History, along with Bernadette Driscoll Engelstad, curator & researcher on Inuit art & material culture of the Smithsonian Institution, will share their knowledge of the Inuit culture.
On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM, there will be a re-dedication ceremony of the George Comer Memorial State Park, located at 218 Mount Parnassus Road, East Haddam, CT.