A Trunk Full of Stories
“This trunk has been to Greenland twice - 1892 & 1893-94. S. J. Entrikin” Thus reads a note inside the lid of this trunk. A photograph of men in the Arctic, an envelope postmarked in Norway, an animal skull, a leather pouch, and relics from the failed Franklin Expedition are just some of the interesting contents in the many layers. This trunk was unopened at CCHS for many years, a most unusual occurrence for a museum collection that is well inventoried. It immediately sparked our curiosity. What can all of these things tell us about Chester Countian Samuel Entrikin and his Arctic exploration? Why did he go there?
Ellen Endslow, Director of Collections