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Explorers Club

The Explorers Club is a professional society dedicated to scientific exploration of Earth, its oceans, and outer space. Founded in 1904 in New York City, it currently has 30 branches world wide. In addition to sponsoring expeditions and lectures, the Explorers Club is known for their adventurous, exotic cuisine served at their banquets. + South American Explorers, headquartered in Ithaca, New York, is a nonprofit travel, scientific, and educational organization founded in 1977. Its goals include advancing field exploration and research in South and Central America on subjects such as biology, geography, anthropology, and archaeology, as well as field sports such as mountaineering, rafting, and caving. In addition, the organization publishes the quarterly South American Explorer magazine; sells maps, guidebooks, trip reports, and other materials. The organization also publishes the quarterly South American Explorer online magazine. − Many of the founders of the Explorers Club had experience in the Arctic including Adolphus Greely and David Brainard, survivors of the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition, and Frederick Cook. Others, such as Carl Sofus Lumholtz and Marshall Howard Saville, explored the tropics. The club first allowed women to join in 1981. Famous members of the club have included Robert Peary, Matthew Henson, Roald Amundsen, Edmund Hillary, and Neil Armstrong.