A club for Heroes and heroines, those people who get ticker tapes parades in NYC? Yup them. And it’s the only one in the world, it’s the Explorer’s club the place where people who climb the highest mountains, fly up into the stratosphere and plumb the deepest oceans go to meet other explorers to celebrate finding out how this world of ours oeprates.
Nowhere else in the world is there a club whose sole it is to celebrate courage, adventure and achievement in exploring this world we live in. It’s every adventurous little boy or girl’s dream to be like the famous explorers who belong to this club. As well as artifacts from famous exhibitions, the walls are lined with portraits of all the men and women whose daring and courage leave us breathless: Charles Lindbergh, Jane Goodall, Neil Armstrong, Jacques Cousteaux and Edmund Hillary and so many more.
Members come from a wide range of disciplines such as astronomy, archaeology, biology, ecology, oceanography, planetology and polar exploration. Full members have to carry out or assist in field research to be eligible. Associate membership is open to enthusiastic supporters of the work of full members and some of them become volunteers and go on exhibitions themselves. Active membership is also availalble to active military personnel, disabled veterans and National Eagle Scouts and there is an active Junior Membership program.
Founded in 1904, the club is located 46 East 70th Street on the Upper East side and it has a library, extensive map room as well as the artifacts that have been collected over the years from exhibitions.
Since 1918 members of the club have carried the Explorers Club flag on exhbitions and these flags have gone to the depths of the ocean,to the lunar surface and to the world highest peaks. Thor Heyerdall took one on his Kon Tiki expedition, Jeff Bozos took one on Apollo E-1 Engine Search and Recovery expedition and all the astronauts involved in the Apollo 8, Apollo 11, Apollo 13 and Apollo 15 had tiny ones sewn into their space suits.
The club offers lectures and programs at it’s U.E.S premises and of course the opportunity to literally and otherwise rub shoulders with the heroes and heroines of the exploring world, see the second video. When it comes to daring feats, the membership of this club have it sewn up and one of the great gifts of club membership, is the encouragement and support they get from fellow explorers.