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Today's Guest Contributor on Round and Square is Amara Pugens. Amara is from Brookfield, Wisconsin, and recently graduated from Beloit College with a B.A. in history and anthropology and a minor in museum studies. She is currently working with four other Beloit College graduates to digitize, process, and research the William Edgar Geil Collection at the Doylestown Historical Society in Pennsylvania.
Today was a momentous day—we finished digitizing the newspaper clippings, all 911 of them (not counting duplicates). We knew we were getting near to the end when the dates started climbing into the 1920s, near the time of Geil's death (in Venice) in April 1925. It was in this time period that I discovered a very intriguing article. Published in May 1925 in the local paper, only a month after Geil's death, the article pays tribute to the explorer in the form of a poem.