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Page 12: Year 2003
From: Rammstein1025@aol.com
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003
Subject: Matthew Henson
CC: gwendolyn.mcquiage@ccs.k12.va.us

Dear Bradley,
Since it seems that Robert Peary gets most of the credit for making it to the North Pole first, I was wondering if it is really known who first made it to the North Pole. If they kept journal records, you would think they would have written more about who got there first. I was also wondering if you knew if there were any surviving members of Henson's family that I could contact. Thank you!

Will Mattimoe
From: "Gerald Watt" <realsig@msn.com>
Subject: Matthew Henson archive?
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2003

Thank you so much for the wonderful web site concerning Matthew Henson.
Does any university or museum possess his papers? Thank you so much, Gerald Watt
From: "Bruce Burns" <bruce@burns5.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2003

Dear Matthew Henson,

I am in the 3rd grade in WA State and am doing a biography on you. I really liked learning about you. I think you made many great accomplishments. I look forward to sharing your story with my class.

Sincerely, Kevin
From: "Geiger, Dan" <dgeiger@wccoradio.cbs.com>
To: Bradley@matthewhenson.com
Subject: CBS owned WCCO Radio interview request
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2003

On April sixth, 1909, explorers Robert E. Peary and
Matthew A Henson became the first men to reach the North Pole.

This Sunday, April 6th, to mark the anniversary, we'd like to have an "expert" join us for a very brief phone interview about this piece of history.

5 - 10 minutes to summarize the story, the controversey etc?

Bradley, would you be able to do this?

This Sunday afternoon at 4:10pm CDT on the CBS owned WCCO Radio in Minneapolis / St. Paul.
Host, Steve Thomson.
Please let me know a-sap this morning either way....
Dan Geiger
WCCO Radio Producer
From: "dane sanders" <phantomhavoc@hotmail.com>
Subject: Super Site!

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful explorer! We found your website the BEST! Thank you and THANK YOU, MATTHEW HENSON!

Megan Sanders, 3rd grade
Upland Christian Schools
Alta Loma, California
From: ButterBabe20@aol.com
Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003

hi nice page but i need to know if Matt was the first one to set foot on the
north pole?
From: YAJOHNSONJ@aol.com
Mon, 3 Mar 2003
Subject: A comment about your Polar website

I am doing a report for school about Matt. Could you e-male me telling me about what he is none for and what he did that was SO inportant. Try to get to me befor April ,1st,2003.

p.s. im onily 9 so meke it under stand able for me.
My e-male add is YAJohnsonJ@aol.com
Thank you ssssssooooooooo much,
your friend, Cayla Johnson
From: tom abrams <tabrams@postal.usc.edu>
Subject: Re: Matthew Henson Posters

Hi Bradley --

I've been a Matthew Henson fan for many years now and really enjoyed your Dad's book. Have read it multiple times, along with Henson's autobiography, etc. I appreciate the great work you've done with the photographs. It will be nice to have them in my home.

Thanks again!

Best regards -- Tom Abrams
Associate Professor
School of Cinema-Television
Subject: please help me
From: "Michele Houston" <mh15@meadwestvaco.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003

My son attented JHS 258 and he's in the eighty grade. He choose Matthew Henson for black history month. He needs the following information.

Where he was born
Challenges or obstacks they may have encountered
Education & Training
Experience, studies, research,

On the internet all I come up with is more on Commander Peary.

Could you please help me. His paper is due Monday,February 24, 2003.
Thank you very much.
From: DCathel02@aol.com
Date: Wed, 19 Feb 2003

Dear Sir- I made the tremendous mistake of buying a copy of the Bryce "book" when it first came out- which I deeply regret. I have since corresponded with the author- who did answer my critical letter- by saying- in part- "you are the only person who has contacted me who showed any "liking" of Robert E. Peary..." Yes, indeed- I'm a very proud "fan" of Peary! I'm not only astonished at the hate which is thrown at Peary- but- also AMAZED that on Shackleton seems to get any documentary time on PBS-NOVA- or anywhere else! What is going on?! Pls. folks- let's wake-up- and acknowledge the true and powerful "T.R." superstud HERO- who was ROBERT E. PEARY!!
Thanks! Doug
From: MFM6151@webtv.net (Max Mason)
I need some information on Matthew A. Henson for a biography report in my english class. I think his journal will be very useful in doing so. I hope you will allow me to use your information on him. I will not
plagerize your work. Max Mason
From: "Alicia" <sportskids275@hotmail.com>
Subject: Hi Matew Henson
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003

i cant belive you are a famous explorer.
From: "Alicia Borjas" <sportskids275@hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: Hi Matew Henson
Date: Tue, 04 Feb 2003

Thanks,for that messege i read it.
i wrote it because i love History i'am doing an report on him it's a real honor for you to write to me again.
Thanks, Alicia Borjas
From: "Pamela Siegmund" <psiegmun@co.riverside.ca.us>
Subject: Ah-na-Heet-o

My grandmother's mother's side of the family (Lockwood, from Battle Creek MI) was supposedly with Peary on this expedition, or they were friends. He named his daughter (my grandmother) Mignon Ahnighito Murphy. I was told the name was also Peary's child's name. I in turn gave my daughter the same name as a middle name. Is there a way I can find the truth or information to this dilemma?
From: Leslie Grunden <lag@rja-ltd.com>
Subject: josiah henson?
hi,do you all have any information on the whether or not Matthew Henson is a descendant of Josiah Henson, born a slave in 1789 in Charles County,
who escaped with his wife and children to Canada and started a large, successful freeman's community there. his autobiography, "Truth Stranger Than Fiction", was published in 1851 and is believed to have been the inspiration for Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin".

thanks for your help,
Leslie Grunden
From: "Small Robert" <rsmall@sympatico.ca>
Subject: Remember me!
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002

Hey Bradley, my US brother! ...I finished the poster. Thanks for your help once again. Tell me what you think... Robert Small
[B&W image is supposed to be Henson]
From: Amy Schmidt <aschmidt@saintanne.org>
To: <nospam@nospam.org>
Subject: Bradley - fix this link
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003


I was trying to find the Boston American article written by Henson about Peary. It gave me your error. I'll find it another way. Thanks.
From: BRONZVLLE@aol.com
Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 08:59:16 EST
Subject: (no subject)

Bradley, I am looking for pictures of Matthew Henson (poster size). I am also looking for an igloo (toy size for children) as well as Inuit people toys. I also want to purchase the two book offer. Please advise.

Bronzeville Children's Museum

Thank you!
From: "sueandrob" <sueandrob@prodigy.net>
Date: Sat, 4 Jan 2003

I am looking for family tree info on Robert Peary. My grandmother was Minnie Ellen Peary - Although, Robert was far removed from my grandmother - a great (or great great uncle), I know little else about her history and figure it is a place to start. Can you help? Or do you know someone who can?

Sue Rose
From: nadiecomoyo@webtv.net (Sky Eagle)
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2003
Subject: Mathew Hanson

Dear Sir:
I have read about Mr. Mathew Hanson and agree he was a very brave and courageous man.  I am retired from the United States Air Force, during my military career, I was stationd in Tule Air Base for one year.
Admiral Peary established a home base in Tule or nearby. he and Mr. Hanson lived with the local eskimos for quite sometime. Both had families there living with the local people. There were lot of Danish men working there in Tule AB, as you know Greenland belongs to  Denmark. We, the military were not allowed to go off base to the nearby village, called "Dundus" (sp?). But, the Danish men could go to the villiage and were friends with the people living there. A Danish friend of mine, gave me a picture of 4 young men, 2 were eskimos and the other 2 were grandsons of Mathew Hanson. These 2 young men were much taller than the other 2. On the back of the picture, is written Mathew Hanson. That's all. There is no message of any kind. My Danish friend told me, that these 2 young men were the grandsons of Mathew Hanson. And that Admiral Peary also had a family there. Is there any truth to this? Thank you for your comments.