Renee Braden

We’re 128 Years Old Today. Here’s What We Have to Show for It.

By Renee Braden, National Geographic Archives On the cold, wet night of January 13, 1888, (we say in an appropriately dignified tone) 33 gentlemen gathered in the original Cosmos Club located on Lafayette Park near the White House. Among them were trailblazing government ...

Happy National Geographic’s Birthday

By Renee Braden, NG Archivist Happy birthday National Geographic! We’re 124 today, and as it happens, our founding day was a Friday the 13th as well. The founders, being of a decidedly scientific persuasion, rejected superstition and braved a cold, ...

Recalling a Tragic Tale in Arctic Exploration

Donald Macmillan, left, confers with A.W. Greely.   By Renee Braden When veteran Arctic explorer Captain Donald B. MacMillan set out on his 1923-24 expedition to northern Greenland and Ellesmere Island, he hoped to carry out an ambitious program ...

123rd Anniversary of the National Geographic Society

By NG Archivists Cathy Hunter and Renee Braden Today the National Geographic Society celebrates 123 years of carrying out our mission to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge and to explore the world and all that’s in it. That very first ...

Jacques Cousteau centennial: The enduring legacy

By Cathy Hunter, Renee Braden, and Michael Jourdan Third in a three-part series commemorating Jacques Cousteau “In the middle ’50s, I saw the first of the Jacques Cousteau films, Silent World, and I wanted to do that–explore underwater using ...

Jacques Cousteau centennial: ‘We must go and see’

By Cathy Hunter, Renee Braden, and Krista Mantsch Second in a three-part series commemorating Jacques Cousteau “Il faut aller voir.” (“We must go and see.”) – Jacques Cousteau Jacques-Yves Cousteau began his lifelong odyssey with the sea seeking a little adventure; ...

Jacques Cousteau centennial: ‘The sea is everything’

By Cathy Hunter, Renee Braden, and Krista Mantsch First in a three-part series commemorating Jacques Cousteau “The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man ...