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On This Day in History: The National Geographic Society was Founded

On This Day in History: The National Geographic Society was Founded

On this day in 1888, the National Geographic Society was founded.  Join us as we learn more about the history and lasting influence of this society.

On January 27th, 1888 the National Geographic Society was founded in Washington D.C. to facilitate “the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge.”  Originally, this society was comprised of 33 men with diverse backgrounds as geographers, explorers, teachers, lawyers, cartographers, military officers, and financiers.  The men all shared an interest in geographic and scientific knowledge and believed that Americans were developing an interest in the world around them.  Based on this belief, the men wrote up a constitution and named Gardiner Greene Hubbard as the society’s president.

Nine months after the formation of the society, they released their first issue of National Geographic magazine.  However, it wasn’t until 1899, when Gilbert H. Grosvenor became editor, that the magazine really started to take off.  Doing away with the technical articles that the magazine favored previously, Grosvenor published general interest articles accompanied by photographs.  As a result, National Geographic became known for its stunning photography of geographic locations around the world.

Using the revenues earned from their publication, the National Geographic society funded expeditions and research projects that expanded humanity’s understanding of our natural world.  Today, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest non-profit scientific and educational organizations.  National Geographic magazine continues to enjoy a wide readership with about 9-million copies of the publication in circulation every month.

The National Geographic Society Board of Trustees this week endorsed more than $4 million in grant funding, further strengthening the Society’s investment in the best in science, exploration, conservation, storytelling, education and technology. The 111 grants will help address the most critical issues facing our planet and ensure a healthier, more sustainable future for generations to come. With the completion of the annual grants cycle, the Society awarded more than 600 grants in 2017, totalling nearly $12 million.

We at  The Maria Sanchez Show invite you to celebrate the anniversary of the National Geographic Society.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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