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SCU celebrates the legacy of Bernard Hubbard, S.J.: Glacier Priest

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-Jan. 9, 2001- Starting this month, Santa Clara University honors Bernard Hubbard, S.J. (1888-1962), legendary explorer, photographer, lecturer and priest. As part of the University's 150th Anniversary year-long celebration, the de Saisset Museum will premiere the "Father Hubbard: Glacier Priest" exhibit.

This exhibition, originated at and sponsored by SCU, runs from Jan. 27 to June 24.

The exhibition tells the story of Hubbard, a Jesuit priest from California who led annual expeditions to Alaska from 1927 until shortly before his death. He became known to a national audience as "The Glacier Priest."

The exhibition tells the story of Hubbard, a Jesuit priest from California who led annual expeditions to Alaska from 1927 until shortly before his death. He became known to a national audience as "The Glacier Priest."

As an explorer, Hubbard used Santa Clara University, his alma mater and professional home for nearly 40 years, as his base camp and the territory of Alaska as his destination. In 1931, Literary Digest described Father Hubbard's work in this way: "Half the year the highest-paid lecturer in the world, the other half a wanderer among treacherous craters and glaciers."

His annual Alaskan expeditions featured scientific observations, thrills and adventure, wonder and liturgies. Hubbard followed each expedition with a lecture tour featuring his photos, films, jokes and stories. By 1940, Hubbard's films were shown in movie houses across America.

Hubbard is buried in Santa Clara Mission Cemetery. His 11,000 photographic negatives and artifacts are stored in the Santa Clara University Archives, and his 200,000 feet of raw film and 50 film shorts are stored in the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

The exhibition, curated by guest curator Jeff Kunkel, will feature three Hubbard films, 30 black-and- white photographs, an expedition banner, taxidermied mount of Hubbard's favorite sled dog and Inupiaq ivory carvings.

The exhibition's preview reception on Jan. 26 from 7-9 p.m. at the de Saisset will include guest appearances by King Islander Alex Muktoyok, an Inupiaq Eskimo and Deanna Kingston, a professor of anthropology at Oregon State University. During Hubbard's year-long residency on King Island, he worked closely with Alex's father, Stanislau Muktoyuk. Alex Muktoyuk, who currently leads a group of Alaskan dancers living in the Northwest, will perform drumming and singing at the reception. Kingston, who is Alex Muktoyuk's niece, will join in the performance. For reception information, contact Ramona Nadel at 408-554-4528.

As part of the University's renewed interest in Hubbard, the Research Manuscript Series on the Cultural and Natural History of Santa Clara recently published a manuscript on Hubbard's work. The manuscript is 10th in the series and represents a collaboration between anthropologists, members of the Native American and Jesuit communities and archival and museum specialists.

On Jan. 26, the manuscript will be available for purchase at a one-day introductory price of $15. Following Jan. 26, the manuscript will be available by mail order at a cost of $20. For manuscript inquiries, contact 408-554-2794. All proceeds go toward publication of future Research Manuscript Series.

Two related SCU Hubbard events include "Hubbard's Legacy: The Importance of Audience Perspectives in Viewing Archival Film,"a lecture by Deanna Kingston at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26 in SCU's O'Connor Hall, Room 104, and a "Glacier Priest" film screening and talk by Jeff Kunkel on Thursday, Feb. 8 at noon and 7 p.m. at the de Saisset Museum.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will be closed April 13-16 for Easter and May 26-28 for Memorial Day. Admission is free. For more information, call the de Saisset Museum at 408-554-4528.

Alex Muktoyok and Deana Kingston will be available during the reception for media interviews. To arrange interviews, contact Kelly Shenefiel in SCU Media Relations at 408-554-5125. For information on Santa Clara University, visit www.scu.edu.

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