In Culture, Current Events, General Interest, History on April 17, 2009 at 9:23 pm

“Capture of the Whydah,” courtesy of the Field Museum in Chicago, IL

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Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of attention given to the continued problem of piracy off the coast of Africa. Pirates have been a common theme in popular culture ever since Robert Louis Stevenson’s book: Treasure Island.  Since then, stories about Peter Pan, Long John Silver, and Pirates of the Caribbean illustrate our fascination with these outlaws of the high seas.

This report focuses on a new exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum that explores the real story of pirates through the recovery and preservation of one particular ship, the Whydah.

Guests include Tom Skwerski, project manager for exhibitions at the Field Museum and Scott Demel, archeologist in the department of anthropology at the Field Museum.

Click here for more information about the Real Pirates Exhibition at the Field Museum.


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