The Explorers Club
The Explorers Club is an American-based international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research. The club was founded in New York City, and has served as a meeting point for explorers and scientists worldwide, all of whom are united in the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.
The Explorers Club provides expedition resources including funding, online information, and member-to-member consultation. Expeditions promote the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club also hosts annual dinners to honor accomplishments in exploration. Those dinners are known for their adventurous, exotic cuisine.
The Explorers Club actively encourages public interest in exploration and the sciences through its public lectures program, publications, travel program, and other events. The Club also maintains Research Collections, including a library and map room, to preserve the history of the Club and to assist those interested and engaged in exploration and scientific research.
In May 1904, a group of men active in exploration met at the request of Henry Collins Walsh to form an organization to unite explorers in the bonds of good fellowship and to promote the work of exploration by every means in its power.
The seven founding members included two polar explorers, the curator of birds and mammals at The American Museum of Natural History, an archaeologist, a war correspondent and author, a professor of physics and an ethnologist.
The Explorers Club has thirty chapters in the United States and around the world. The current headquarters are located at 46 East 70th Street in New York City.
Chapters serve as local contact points for explorers, scientists, and student explorers throughout the world. Many chapters hold monthly dinners, lectures, and seminars, award field-research grants to students, publish newsletters, and organize expeditions, field trips, and educational events.
Many of the founders of the Explorers Club had experience in the Arctic including Adolphus Greely and David Brainard, survivors of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, and Frederick Cook. Others, such as Carl Sofus Lumholtz and Marshall Howard Saville, explored the tropics. The club first allowed women to join in 1981. Famous members of the club have included L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Peary, Matthew Henson, Roald Amundsen, Richard E. Byrd, Lowell Thomas, Edmund Hillary, Gene Roddenberry and Neil Armstrong. Famous honorary members have included Theodore Roosevelt, Prince Albert I of Monaco, Charles Peter Berkey and Roy Chapman Andrews.
The Explorers Club awards an annual medal to honor extraordinary contributions to the fields of exploration and scientific research or to the welfare of humanity. Explorers Club Medal recipients include Herbert Hoover, Thor Heyerdahl, and E. O. Wilson among many other explorers and scientists.
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- The Explorers Club official website