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Chapter 2: The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club in New York City is a real place. According to Wikipedia, "In 1904, a group of men active in exploration met at the request of noted journalist, historian, and explorer 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 club has counted among its members the most famous adventurers and explorers of all-time, and its honorary members have included US astronauts, President Teddy Roosevelt, director James Cameron, and even Elon Musk. Currently, the club is located on the Upper East Side in New York City, in a six-story Jacobean revival mansion on East 70th Street, but from 1904 to 1928 it was located in the Studio Building at 23 West 67th Street in New York City. Because there are no photos of the old club's interior, I used the current layout in my description of the club for "The Lady Adventurers Club."


In the 1920s, the club began to invite explorers returning from the field and visiting scientists to give informal lectures. In LAC, British archaeologist Anna Baring gives a lecture on excavations in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, but in truth, the club was extremely sexist. Women weren't granted membership until 1981.


A cool virtual-reality tour of the club can be found here: http://360vr.com/2013/10/04/explorers-club-virtual-tour/index.html.


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