Karen Buckley Cerka

Marion Stirling married Matthew Stirling in 1933, and in 1938 they embarked on their first NGS-Smithsonian expedition to Veracruz, Mexico, where they uncovered the infamous colossal Olmec head. At the time, Dr. Matthew Stirling was the Director of the Smithsonian’s Bureau of Ethnology and Marion had previously taken courses in anthropology at George Washington University….

Human Journey

During the early days of NASA and height of the space race in the 1960s, the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration loaned two of our staff photographers — Dean Conger and Luis Marden to NASA to document their efforts to send a man into space. On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan B….

Human Journey

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Mount Kennedy was named by Canadian Prime Minister Lester Pearson after John F. Kennedy. The film documents the mapping and exploration of Mount Kennedy — co-sponsored expedition by National Geographic Society and Boston’s Museum of Science. The expedition was led by Bradford Washburn, who first discovered the peak on his NGS-sponsored Yukon Expedition of 1935….

Human Journey

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…

Human Journey

In November 1969, the National Geographic Society celebrated the centennial of John Wesley Powell’s expedition down the Colorado River. Powell, one of our founding members, embarked on his 98-day journey on May 24 1869. The purpose of his expedition — “Powell, in a last letter from Green River, explained, ‘The object is to make collections…

Human Journey

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