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Meet the Explorers: From Tookiedoo to Timbuktu

Join us for an afternoon of adventure with members of the Greater Piedmont Chapter of The Explorers Club this Sunday at the Richland Library. Jim Welch, formerly of WIS-TV and SCETV, will host a special program with members of The Explorers Club, a group founded in 1904 with the mission of encouraging scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space.

  • Dr. Warner Montgomery, past chair of the Greater Piedmont Chapter of the Explorers Club is a world traveler, writer, author, lecturer, and newspaper editor and publisher. Dr. Montgomery has led Flag Expeditions in Africa and has written extensively of his travels to more than 60 foreign countries. He will share memories and photos of his most exciting adventures.
  • Jerry Bright, Friend of The Explorers National, is a long time member of the South Carolina Association of Naturalists (SCAN) and an expert kayaker and photographer. Jerry has photographed many of the natural areas of South Carolina and has made scores of forays into the Congaree and Wateree Swamps.
  • David Brinkman is the current chair of the Greater Piedmont Chapter and has authored several historic papers and video presentations on the history and archaeology of Granby, Fort Congaree, Old Charleston and the Three Rivers Greenway.
  • Alan Shoemaker, a former chair of Greater Piedmont, was the long time curator of Mammals and Collection Manager at Riverbanks Zoological Park. He continues his world-wide research and consulting projects and is often on call to help zoos around the country with his expertise.
  • Ceille Baird Welch, poet, playwright, essayist and short story writer, and a Literary Resident at Richland Library, will present two of her newer poems related to exploration. Her latest work is included in State of the Heart, published by USC Press.
  • If you like exploration and travel, join us this Sunday from 3:30 - 5 p.m. at Richland Library Main.


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    Amazon Says: A superbly illustrated reference of great explorers and their expeditions since 1845. One the most exciting periods of exploration coincided with the invention of photography. As a result, the most important expeditions over the last 160 years were captured and preserved by incredibly dramatic photographs. Explorers is a stunning history of such expeditions, presented chronologically since 1845. It features rare archival photographs, maps, prints, and drawings, reproduced on stunning gatefolds that fold out to up to 40 inches across and up to 22 inches high. Text includes a short biography of each explorer, the extraordinary stories of their expeditions, and passages from their personal journals. The explorers featured include, among many others, a total of 22: Richard Frances Burton and John Hanning Speke: sources of the Nile Henry Stanley: looking for Livingstone Isabella Bird Bishop: China Ernest Shackleton: Antarctica Roald Amundsen: the Northwest Passage and the South Pole Gertrude Bell: Iraq Maria Reiche: Nazca, Peru Thor Heyerdahl: Kon-Tiki raft across the Pacific Edmund Hillary: atop Mount Everest Neil Armstrong: first steps on the Moon. Explorers is the fascinating and uniquely illustrated history of the explorers and how their expeditions influenced the world we live in today. less...
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    Amazon Says: From the first people to leave Africa to the first to leave the planet, the urge to explore the unknown has driven human progress. DK's Explorers tells the story of humanity's more...
    Amazon Says: From the first people to leave Africa to the first to leave the planet, the urge to explore the unknown has driven human progress. DK's Explorers tells the story of humanity's explorations, taking the reader into the lives of some of the most intrepid people ever known. Focusing on 50 of the world's greatest explorers, with shorter entries on 60 of their helpers and companions, the book is filled with first-person accounts in the explorers' own words, rare maps, specially commissioned photographs, and artworks re-create history s greatest expeditions. From trade and the search for lands to colonize, to scientific curiosity and missionary zeal, Explorers introduces history's most famous trail blazers-people whose courage opened frontiers, turned voids into maps, forged nations, connected cultures, and added to humankind's knowledge of the world by leaps and bounds. less...
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    Amazon Says: Since earliest days, humans have found it impossible to resist the allure of the unknown. The reasons are as different as the people are. Here, in one volume, Explorations ca more...
    Amazon Says: Since earliest days, humans have found it impossible to resist the allure of the unknown. The reasons are as different as the people are. Here, in one volume, Explorations captures in photographs and interviews the expeditions and emotions of some of the most daring adventurers of the last century. Organized according to geographical region, and accompanied by essays by such famous names as Wilfred Thesiger, Richard Leakey, and Edmund Hillary, the photographs offer a fascinating glimpse of the world's varied landscapes and habitats, its peoples, and ways of life. Some of the pictures recall historic moments in time--Scott finding Amundsen's empty tent at the South Pole, Tenzing Norgay photographed by Hillary on the peak of Everest, the ferryman who took David Livingstone across the river on the last day of his life. Other pictures are remarkable as records of vanished or vanishing peoples, or simply as beautiful pieces of art. The history of the Royal Geographic Society and that of photography were born in the same decade. The invention of photography became an indispensable tool for explorers and travelers, enabling them to make a visual record of what they saw. Many of the photographs they took have found their way into the society's priceless photographic collection and form the basis of this stunning book. less...
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    Amazon Says: Explore: Stories of Survival from Off the Map offers first-hand accounts by the world's boldest explorers, who have encountered storms, starvation, canibals, predators, and di more...
    Amazon Says: Explore: Stories of Survival from Off the Map offers first-hand accounts by the world's boldest explorers, who have encountered storms, starvation, canibals, predators, and disease in their pursuit of mystery and adventure. Nunez Cabeza de Vaca writes of his 16th century expedition to the region north of the Gulf of Mexico, an amazing tale of survival and hardship that begins with the loss of de Vaca's ships and the capture and enslavement of his party by Indians. Argentinian novelist Abel Posse gives us an unforgettable Christopher Columbus facing down mutiny and the threat of starvation Tim Flannery almost dies while searching for Fulmer's Fruit Bat, thought to have become extinct 12,000 years ago. Thor Heyderdahl recounts his earliest adventure in Polynesia. Premier mountaineering and adventure writer David Roberts searches for a legendary lost city high in the cliffs of New Mexico. Following an ancient trail, Roberts discovers a beautifully preserved Anasazi city — and a curse. Explore also includes writing by Lawrence Millman, Gene Savay, John Long, Redmond O'Hanlon, Fanny Bullock Workman and William Hunter Workman, Andrea Barrett, and W.H. Murray. less...
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    • 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.
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