He is the reason Hudson’s sports teams are called the Explorers. He’s the only Hudsonite to be featured on a U.S. Postage Stamp. And he captivated the world with his exploits at the North Pole and Antarctica in the 1920s and ‘30s.
The daring life and lasting legacy of Lincoln Ellsworth, Hudson’s great polar explorer, will be the subject of Hudson Heritage Association’s March 14 program at Barlow Community Center.
Western Reserve Academy Historian and Archivist Tom Vince will offer a presentation on Ellsworth’s accomplishments, life, time in Hudson and legacy, which literally stretches to both ends of the globe. Ellsworth Land, Mount Ellsworth and Lake Ellsworth, all in Antarctica, are named after him.
Ellsworth (1880-1951) was the son of Hudson’s benefactor, James W. Ellsworth, who reluctantly sponsored his son’s first polar expedition in 1925. Lincoln attended Western Reserve Academy and later served on the school’s Board of Trustees. The WRA Archives contain a large file on the explorer, who is buried along with his aviator wife, Mary Louise Ulmer Ellsworth, in Hudson’s Markillie Cemetery.
"There is no one better to speak about Lincoln Ellsworth than Tom Vince, who’s been studying him for 40 years," said Don Husat, co-president of Hudson Heritage Association. "Anyone who’s enjoyed a presentation from Mr. Vince knows that we are going to be treated to a fascinating evening of history, stories and photos about one of Hudson’s most famous residents."
During his 50 years in Hudson, Vince has become one of the town’s most recognized and beloved citizen. In addition to his two decades at WRA, he has served as director of the Hudson Library and Historical Society and president of Hudson Heritage Association. He’s written more than 250 articles about Hudson and its history and has given hundreds of walking tours and presentations. He’s been named Hudson’s Citizen of the Year twice.
His presentation on Lincoln Ellsworth will be at 7:30 p.m. at Barlow Community Center, 41 South Oviatt Street. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Founded in 1962, Hudson Heritage Association works to protect Hudson’s historic buildings, the village streetscape and the city’s Western Reserve architectural aesthetic. HHA encourages the preservation of historic buildings by providing research, resources and education to homeowners who wish to maintain their historic homes.
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