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Part One: Wednesday, October 21 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Part Two: Thursday, October 22 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Ernest Shackleton set out with 27 men to cross the Antarctic Continent, but before landing, his ship was locked into the ice and eventually crushed. The men were stranded on the Weddell Sea ice pack, and only barely managed to escape. Landing on the extremely remote Elephant Island, Shackleton left 22 of the men to survive while he and five others made an incredible small boat journey. Learn one of the greatest rescue stories of all time, with original photographs and photographs from Mark Jordan’s recent trip to the area.
Mark Jordan is an intrepid adventurer and lecturer with an abiding interest in exploration, especially Polar exploration. He recently adventured to Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, tracing much of the route taken by Sir Ernest Shackleton in his Endurance Expedition. Mr. Jordan, a retired attorney, teaches and lectures on the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Shakespeare at various venues including the Walnut Creek Library, the Blackhawk Museum and Cal Sate University East Bay.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020, will cover the beginning of the adventure as Shackleton and his crew set sail in 1914 and eventually reach Elephant Island. Thursday, October 22, 2020, will focus on reaching Elephant Island, the open-boat journey, and the perilous rescue attempts.
2020 Past Events
Summer Fun with Historical Fiction
July 20, 2020
In Conversation with Mary Ladd, Author of The Wig Diaries
June 24, 2020
Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era,
March 2, 2020 –
The Life of Robert Noble Burgess
February 12, 2020
Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library
January 15, 2020
2019 Past Events
Mount Diablo Book Launch with Stephen Joseph
D. Leah Slo teinberg, Author of “Raised in the Shadow of the Bomb: Children of the Manhattan Project”
1969: One Giant Year
Adventures in Produce: The Rewards of Growing and Cooking Weird Fruit and Veggies with authors Emily Murphy and Laura McLively
Elise Hooper, Author of “Learning to See: A Novel of Dorothea Lange, The Woman Who Revealed the Real America”
Brave Little Nell—The Eleanor Roosevelt Story
January 16, 2019
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