Invading Russia: The Polar Bear Expedition

Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm presents: Veterans Day Program – Invading Russia: The Polar Bear Expedition

Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.

Admission Free for Members and Veterans; $5 Public

Registration required at or by calling 248-656-4663

Light refreshments provided

Old photo of two young men in uniform standing by a flag that reads stoney creek

Invading Russia – The Polar Bear Expedition

When Godfrey Anderson was drafted for duty in the United States Army during World War I, he had no idea he would also become part of a military adventure that would find him doing battle with Bolshevik revolutionaries in the frozen reaches of northern Russia. Arriving in England after a brief “boot camp” training period, Anderson became one of the 5,000-man American contingent assigned to join British troops in an expedition to prevent Allied materials in Archangel, Russia from falling into the hands of the Bolsheviks. This fighting group – known as The Polar Bears – were mostly from southeast Michigan.

The Museum is excited to welcome Gordon Olson, author of A Michigan Polar Bear Confronts the Bolsheviks, who will share the story of the 5,000-troop contingent that hailed from Michigan.

The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads.

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