Saturday, January 27, 2007

119 Years of National Geographic

119 years ago today in 1888 the National Geographic Society was formed.

It came at a time when other countries had established their own geographical societies. American counterparts included the Association of American Geographers and the American Geographical Society.

However, the National Geographic Society has by far impacted the public more than all other of the societies combined. For the inside story of National Geographic I recommend Explorer’s House.

Geographers have a love/hate relationship with the society’s “branching out” efforts but we all wish it Happy Birthday!

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