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Bernard R. Hubbard, S.J., “The Glacier Priest” Exhibits

November 11, 1935 article from The Hawk student newspaper

Recently, staff of Drexel Library have organized materials relating to Bernard R. Hubbard, S.J., affectionately known as “The Glacier Priest.” The digital exhibit  contains photographs, maps and articles as well as links to fascinating information on the Arctic at that time.

Also on display in Drexel Library are photographs and ephemera relating to Hubbard and his visits to Saint Joseph’s University during the 1930’s-1950’s.  The exhibit, located on the second floor at the end of the main staircase, runs September – October, 2019.

The Reverend Bernard R. Hubbard, S.J. (1888-1962), former Head of the Department of Geology at the University of Santa Clara, California, was a celebrated explorer who studied geology, volcanology, ichthyology, oceanography and paleontology.  In later expeditions he shifted his focus to the study and documentation the Arctic people and their way of life.

His nickname, “Der Gletscher Pfarrer” (“the Glacier Priest”), was earned while studying theology in Austria and spending time in the Austrian Alps. From 1927 to 1962 he led over thirty scientific expeditions into regions of Alaska and the Arctic.

Father Hubbard took thousands of photographs and recorded thousands of feet of motion picture film. Father Hubbard’s writings and lectures helped popularize Alaska and Arctic regions.

Take a few minutes and acquaint yourself with this fascinating man. Come to the Open House in the Archives and Special Collections on October 24th from 11 am to 1 pm and browse the display case while you are in the building!

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