Matthew Henson

Matthew Henson

Life at a glance (1866–1955)

pixelated game character in a fur snowsuit

Matthew Henson was an African American explorer best known as the co-discoverer of the North Pole with Robert E. Peary's 1909 expedition. Henson's extensive knowledge of Arctic survival, his skills as a navigator, and his deep connection with the Inuit people proved invaluable during their treacherous journey. Henson's unwavering determination and resilience in the face of extreme cold and harsh conditions marked him as a trailblazer in the annals of polar exploration, and his achievements continue to inspire adventurers and explorers to this day.

Daring Deeds Adventure Game

To follow in Matthew's footsteps, pick up a Daring Deeds gameboard (Jan. 30–April 1) at any library location, or track your mission status in Beanstack. You can even create a paper "avatar" of Matthew to play the game!

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These suggested reads from our collection will help you learn more about Matthew's incredible life—his struggles, adventures, and triumphs.



Arctic Explorer
Adventure Begins at Your Library