Rochelle Pennington, co-author of The Endurance, will describe Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.
Shackleton recruited 27 sailors and scientists to accompany him in 1914 on a journey to the last frontier on earth, the South Pole.
His ship, Endurance, became trapped in the winter ice, 100 miles off the coast of Antarctica. The crew, stranded 11,000 miles from home, waited for the spring thaw through nine months of blizzards, gales and temperatures nearing 100 degrees below zero.
Then the ship broke apart and sank, leaving them with three salvaged lifeboats. Their only hope for survival was to travel by foot across hundreds of miles of jagged ice in search of open waters.
Nearly two years were spent on ice and ocean, and their journey at the bottom of the world was recognized as “the greatest survival story in human history.”
Pennington is an award-winning author, newspaper columnist and speaker who se work has been included in several bestselling series including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and Stories for the Heart.
Her book, The Endurance, focuses not only on the details of the Shackleton’s expedition, but on his style of leadership in the face of adversity.
Hosted by Winchester Academy and sponsored by T.W. Martin’s Public House and Dennis Wandtke, the program is free and open to the public. Refreshments and conversation will be offered at 6 p.m.