The Hakluyt Society’s recent publication of Russian California, 1806-1860: A History in Documents was celebrated with a symposium held at the University of Notre Dame campus in London on 15 July 2014. Transcripts of the talks delivered by Professor emeritus James Gibson (York University, Toronto) and Prof. Janet Hartley (LSE) can be found here. Earlier this year, past president of the Hakluyt Society Dr. Sarah Tyacke gave a talk to promote Russian California at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA. She wrote the following post:
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On a research visit to the Huntington Library, past president Sarah Tyacke met professor emeritus (UCLA) Norman Thrower now aged 96 at his home in Pacific Palisades. He is a long time member of the Society and of the American Friends of the Hakluyt Society, and was the editor of The Three Voyages of Edmond Halley in the Paramore, 1698-1701 published in 1981. He is in good health and remembers his editorship of the Hakluyt Society volumes with some pride.
Also at the Huntington Library, Sarah gave a short talk on the history of the Society based closely on the work of Roy Bridges and Paul Hair, also past presidents, and promoted James Gibson‘s and Alexei Istomin‘s Russian California, 1806- 60. She was very pleased to meet some members of the Society as well as a number of graduate students researching at the Library, and gave them Hakluyt Society President Michael Barritt‘s greetings.
It was especially pleasing to meet professor emeritus Stanley M. Burstein (California State) who edited Agatharchides of Cnidus, On the Erythraean Sea in 1989 for which she had been the series editor.
Find out about this fascinating account concerning the second century BC Ptolemaic explorer of the Red Sea here. For a full bibliography of Hakluyt Society publications, or to become a member, visit hakluyt.com.
Sarah Tyacke is past president and current vice-president of the Hakluyt Society. She has a long and distinguished career in academic scholarship and archive management. She was Keeper of Public Records and Historical Manuscripts Commissioner for the United Kingdom government and Chief Executive of the National Archives of England and Wales from 1992-2005. She continues to publish on the history of cartography.