Our 25th Anniversary!

Mysteries in Ice

The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program is turning 25 and commemorating the anniversary with 1 large exhibit and 5 great events.

Mysteries in Ice

Thompson Library Gallery
October 5, 2015 through January 3, 2016
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday 12-6pm

Mysteries in Ice is a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival ProgramThe historical collections of the Polar Archives are featured along with contemporary items that represent current exploration in ice-covered regions. This exhibit addresses daily life in harsh environments, including lodging and food, as well as the communication of scientific concepts in media and pop culture. Documents, artifacts, and imagery highlight The Ohio State University’s contribution to our understanding of Earth’s changing climate. 

Curated by Jason Cervenec, Laura Kissel and Lynn Lay

Inside the galleries you can try on gear worn in Antarctica, view an ice core from China, hold rock samples from remote regions, and determine the identity of your ice explorer.   


Join us for the following scheduled events: 

Demonstrations of Glacier Flow with Flubber

Outside Thompson Gallery
1pm-3pm on Wednesday October 7, 14, 21 and November 18.

Science Café: Ice Cores

Thompson Library 165
October 7, 2015 at 6:30pm
Thompson Gallery open until 8:30 p.m.

Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Director of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center will be our speaker. For more information visit the Science Cafe Website.


Byrd 1933: Films from the Discovery Lecture Series

Wexner Center for the Arts
Tuesday, October 20 at 7pm (90 minutes)
Reception begins at 5:30pm in the Wexner Cafe
Thompson Gallery open regular hours

This cinematic record from the famed explorer’s expeditions will be followed by a panel discussion including researchers from OSU’s Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. To buy tickets, see the preview or for more information, visit the Wexner Center for the Arts' Event Page.


New! OMG We're Not in Ohio Anymore: The 1969-1970 Women's Expedition to Antarctica

Thompson Library 165
November 17, 3:00- 4:00 pm

Terry Tickhill, member of the first female team to Antarctica, will be sharing her story and the accomplishments of this expedition. For more information visit the event page at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.


WOSU Documentary Forged on Ice

Thompson Library 165
Tuesday November 17, 6 p.m.
Thompson Gallery open until 8 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public.

Admiral Byrd: Forged on Ice is a one-hour documentary that follows this man’s life from his childhood in Virginia to the most extreme environments on earth. It shows the legacy he built through sheer will, ambition and perseverance, while looking ahead at the 21st century explorers and climatologists who carry on in his name. This documentary was originally broadcast by WOSU TV in April, 2015.


Panel Negotiation on the 2015 Paris Climate Negotiations

Thompson Library 165
Wednesday, December 2, 4:30 p.m.
Gallery open until 7 p.m.

To learn more about this panel, visit the STEP calendar.