The Explorers Club

Exterior TECCelebrated societies and members-only clubs are, well, perceived as rather haughty, and there are many in NYC; but over the years I have been to a few—as a guest, cherishing each visit with a glimpse into history and of a lifestyle I’ll probably never have. They were all wonderful learning experiences, for me.

So, I thought I’d write about a Jacobean pad located at 46 East 70th Street. There’s no flashy sign, just a flag that’s visited Mariana Trench, North and South Poles, Mt. Everest and a cozy place called The Moon; it’s the current home of The Explorers Club.

“The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore.”

“Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences.”

“The long, wooden table is where President Teddy Roosevelt held his cabinet meetings, and is what he and his coterie of engineers drew up the initial plans for the Panama Canal on.” (Yeah, TDR was an instrumental member)

Now, the only things I explore are buildings and homes (and books), so a membership to this club is not on my goal list, per se, because I am still exploring real estate…But, what I do appreciate and savor is that The Explorers Club offers lectures and events open to the public—to learn—explore what members have experienced. That’s really cool, to me.

And on tonight’s agenda:

The Four-Tusked Elephant: An Evening of Club Lore, Live Music and Dancing for $30—a real bargain, with cocktails! Oh, and the music includes the cello works of Ravel, Debussy, and Poulenc. Oui, merci!

And on 13 November:

Exploring the Amazon’s “River of Doubt” and the life of Theodore Roosevelt for $20—again another bargain (no French music or cocktails for this one).

For other events click HERE

Okay! That’s all I’m going to write on The Explorer Club because last month JOE MCGAULEY & ETHAN WOLFF-MANN wrote a great piece on their personal tour, which you can read HERE. And if you’d like to know even more about the TEC visit the WEBSITE.



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