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Archive Discovery of Week: Gilbert H. Grosvenor’s 60th Anniversary Party

Happy 130th Anniversary National Geographic! To celebrate, we are showcasing Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, our ninth President and “Master Builder of the National Geographic Society.”  In the clip, Gilbert H. Grosvenor is honored for his Diamond Jubliee (60th) anniversary at the National Geographic Society.  After he is “pinned,” his son Melville Bell Grosvenor speaks of the impact...

Happy 130th Anniversary National Geographic!

To celebrate, we are showcasing Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, our ninth President and “Master Builder of the National Geographic Society.”

 In the clip, Gilbert H. Grosvenor is honored for his Diamond Jubliee (60th) anniversary at the National Geographic Society.  After he is “pinned,” his son Melville Bell Grosvenor speaks of the impact of his father’s contributions.

Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor was known as “the man who put the National Geographic Society on the map.”  Alexander Graham Bell hired Gilbert H. Grosvenor, and he became the Society’s first full-time employee in 1899.  At the time, National Geographic only had a journal, but it was Grosvenor who transformed it into the magazine well-known around the globe.  It was also Grosvenor who was responsible for our expanded support of explorers and scientists as well as conservation.

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Meet the Author

Karen Buckley Cerka
Karen Buckley Cerka is Director of the Film and Audiovisual Archive and has worked with the Archive since 2008. The Film and Audiovisual Archive dates back to 1901 and houses 770,000 hours of viewing material. Highlights include Louis Leakey and William Beebe, Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall.