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Pacific Union College in Angwin will host the Second International Bounty-Pitcairn Conference in August.

The conference will feature presentations by speakers from several countries about Pitcairn Island, a tiny isle in the South Pacific, and the famed mutiny on the ship H.M.S. Bounty in the late 1700s. Bounty’s mutinous sailors settled on the then-uninhabited island.

Some of the conference speakers will be Pitcairn islanders addressing various island and world-related issues, while others will include authors, academics and specialists in  conservation, philately, and linguistics, said Ted Cookson, president of the international Pitcairn Islands Study Group.

“A focus of the conference will be tourism for Pitcairn Island, where the Bounty mutineers hid away undetected by the world for nearly two decades,” said Cookson. “In something of a role reversal, Pitcairn islanders are today asking all who will to come and enjoy the beauty and diversity of their history-rich island.”

The conference, held Aug. 19-21, will also showcase products and crafts of Pitcairn Island, including rare, Polynesian-style tapa cloth. Historic relics from the ship Bounty, philatelic rarities of the island, and numerous historical papers will be on display.

A new TV documentary about Pitcairn Island will be premiered at the conference, along with Skype interviews with officials on the island.   

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Full details of the conference may be found on the Internet at 2012BPC.com

Sponsors of the event are the Pitcairn Islands Study Group and the world-wide Internet group “Friends of Pitcairn.”

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