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Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th St. and Constitution Ave. N.W. Washington, DC, 6:30 - 8:10pm

The National Museum of Natural History invites you to attend an evening with Pulitzer prize-winning photographer and best-selling author Paul Watson. Watson’s new book, Ice Ghosts weaves together the spellbinding true story of the greatest cold case in Arctic history. Watson will present the detective story of Western science, indigenous beliefs, and the irrepressible spirit of exploration which lead to the epic discovery of the 1845 Franklin Expedition—whose two ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror, and their crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice while in search of a Northwest Passage.

Later, in a conversation with Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Watson will discuss this modern tale of scientists, researchers, divers, and local Inuit behind the recent discoveries of the two ships, which made news around the world.

After the program, see Inuit objects and engage with volunteers to learn more about the Arctic, Inuit culture, and the museum’s exhibit Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend. Ice Ghosts will also be available after the program for purchase and signing.

This program is made possible by the generous support of David M. Rubenstein and is part of the 'An Evening With...' signature series featuring thought leaders in conversation with paleontologist and Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, Kirk Johnson.


Learn more about the Arctic and Inuit culture by visiting the Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend exhibit on the first floor of the National Museum of Natural History. Open to the public 10:00am - 5:30pm.