STEAM Café: Into the Frozen Abyss

Into the Frozen Abyss: The Franklin Expedition of 1845

John Dreyer, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences


The 1845 Franklin expedition has become something of myth and legend. Two ships and 129 men departed Greenland with the goal of finding the Northwest Passage. They never returned. The rescue mission spanned nearly 10 years and mapped large portions of the high Arctic, only finding bones and artifacts. In the last few years, both ships have been found and modern expeditions have shed light onto what happened. The recent miniseries “The Terror” spun a supernatural tale while updating the expedition’s story and putting faces to the names. This talk outlines the history, technology, geography and possible fate of the expedition. Bring your warm clothes and hot chocolate as Dr. John Dreyer transports you to the Canadian High Arctic in the golden age of polar exploration. 


STEAM Café is a partnership between South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, South Dakota Public Broadcasting and Hay Camp Brewing Company. This series of free informal talks by SD Mines faculty, staff and visiting experts covers topics ranging from cutting edge research to history.

STEAM Café, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, is held at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, at Hay Camp Brewing Company. A food truck is available at each STEAM Café where patrons can purchase dinner. Handcrafted beer is available for purchase from Hay Camp.  

“STEAM Café is a great opportunity for the community to connect with the staff and faculty at SD Mines to talk about the amazing things happening in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts and math,” said Rachel Mannhalter, SD Mines Training & Development Coordinator. “We love the idea of this very informal atmosphere where conversations can happen, and connections can be made.”




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