Patricia Savage participates in retacing historic expedition

Patricia Savage participates in retacing historic expedition

The 1899 Harriman Expedition Retraced-. A Century of Change

In 1899, railroad tycoon Edward H., Harriman, on orders from his doctor to take a vacation, decided to go on holiday to Alaska. Not satisfied with a simple cruise, he assembled a top team of scientists, writers, and artists that included John Burroughs, William Dall, Benjamin Emerson, B.E. Femow, Ceorge Bird Grinnell, C. Hart Merriam, John Muir, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, and Edward S. Curtis. Leaving Seattle, the passengers and crew traveled and studied through the Inside Passage, along the Alaskan Peninsula, into Prince William Sound, along the Aleutian Islands, north through the Pribilof Islands, through the Bering Strait, up to the Arctic Circle, over to Russia and back homeward.

From July 21 through August 20, 2001, Clark Science Center and the Alumnae Association of Smith College reenacted and retraced the, Harriman trip in conjunction with Florentine Films and PBS. The mission of this trip was to again collect top scientists, writers, and artists to examine the environmental record of the past 100 years and to explore the current major environmental, economic and social themes.

Nature artist Patricia Savage was selected to be one of 20 scholars aboard the Clipper Odyssey to provide lectures, demonstrations, and to produce paintings and illustrations for a companion book for the film. For more information about the Harriman Expedition Retraced, please visit

Patricia's work has appeared in North Light Books, The Best of Wildlife Art and Best of Wildlife Art 2. George Bathing at Hatteras, a scratchboard and pen and ink, won an Award of Excellence from the 2000 annual show of the Society of Animal Artists, went on national tour, and will appear at the National Geographic Society's, Explorer's Hall, in Washington, D. C., from June 18 - Sept 21, 2002. Death Nurtures Life, an egg tempera, is currently on national tour with the Society of Animal Artists. American Beautybush, an egg tempera, will show at the Johnson and Johnson headquarters, 120 Georges Rd., New Brunswick, New Jersey, from March 27 through May 22, 2002, with the American Society of Botanical Artists.

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