On Friday, August 26, 2016, students from Penn State Abington unveiled a new historical marker at Kane’s family tomb in Laurel Hill Cemetery, as a lasting tribute to a man who died too young and was given what may have been the most opulent funeral procession in American history.
“This guy was an international superstar when he died at 37 (years old),” said Peter Capelotti, a Penn State Abington anthropology professor who has studied Kane’s life for a decade.
Capelotti and students in his class, titled “The American Way to the Pole,” which he teaches about every three years, worked to get the marker telling Kane’s story placed at the Kane family crypt at Laurel Hill Cemetery, overlooking Kelly Drive.
Peter Capelotti, professor of anthropology at Penn State Abington, traces the path of one of Elisha Kent Kane’s expeditions to the North Pole. Photo by Hayden Mitman/PhillyVoice.