ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

History of The National Geographic Society

Updated on October 28, 2012

I remember before my mom passed away, the last Christmas gift she gave me was a year’s subscription to National Geographic Magazine. Over the years, I’ve subscribed a time or two, but not consistently. Recently, I ordered calendars for 2013, one for myself, one for my daughter and one for her kids. I also ordered an engagement calendar for myself to help me keep track of schoolwork and such.

Inside the cover of the engagement calendar was a note that told a little history about the National Geographic Society and I decided I wanted to share this information.

2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the National Geographic Society (NGS). The first president of the Society as Gardiner Greene Hubbard who was followed in 1897 by Alexander Graham Bell, who was also Hubbard’s son in law. Mr. Bell’s son in law, Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, was the first full time editor of National Geographic Magazine and served in that position for fifty-five years. In 2008, Gilbert Melville Grosvenor, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The first National Geographic Magazine was published nine months after the society was founded. The title was later shortened to National Geographic. It is the official journal of the National Geographic Society. The magazine is published in 31 languages and has more than 50 million readers per month.

The historical mission of the National Geographic Society is to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge while promoting the conservation of the world’s cultural, historical and natural resources,” (newworldencyclopedia.org). NGS has an education program combating illiteracy and has funded more than 7,500 scientific research projects.

National Geographic Magazine is known for its famous photography. The first photograph in National Geographic Magazine was an engraving of a topographic map of North America and it appeared in 1889.

Considered the Society’s most prestigious honor, the Hubbard Medal is awarded by the NGS for distinction in exploration, discovery and research. Past recipients include Charles Lindbergh in 1927 and Anne Morrow Lindbergh in 1934; Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin and Michael Collins in 1970; Jane Goodall in 1995 and many others.

National Geographic stories are shown on television with specials as well as series shown on PBS and other networks. The first was shown in 1964 and featured many famous figures such as Louis Leakey, Jacques Cousteau and Jane Goodall. National Geographic launched the National Geographic Channel in 2001 and you can also watch some great shows on NatGeoWild.

On the NGS website, www.nationalgeographic.com, you can find games for kids, daily news, a blog, maps and even teaching resources. Also, there is an array of photographs, information about travel and there are even apps for your ipad, iphone and ipod touch as well as books for kindle and NOOK.

I enjoy reading my National Geographic every month when it comes. My grand children enjoy their National Geographic Kids too. My mom started the tradition with me, I hope my grandchildren develop a love for NatGeo like I have.

SOURCES:

nationalgeographic.com

newworldencyclopedia.org

Source
Source

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      4 years ago from Philippines

      As a child I grew up reading National Geographic and I used to dream of travelling to all the places they featured. I remember Louis Leakey and Jacques Cousteau but never knew that National Geographic made them stars. Now the magazine has evolved to include so many TV shows. Here's a publication that never lost sight of its mission and vision. Well, when it ain't broke, why fix it? Thank you for such interesting information, which has helped bring me back to happy times from my past.

    • lindalou1963 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I would have too!

    • profile image

      Old Poolman 

      5 years ago

      I stopped at a local thrift store today just to look around. There in the corner was a huge stack of National Geographic. This bundle containing 25 magazines and tied neatly with string was selling for $1.50. Needless to say I bought it.

    • lindalou1963 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda 

      5 years ago from Texas

      I agree! Its one of my favorites!

    • shiningirisheyes profile image

      Shining Irish Eyes 

      5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I grew up reading the National Geographic. My grandfather had a subscription, my father and now I. Much knowledge was gained by this unique magazine growing up and I continue to reap the rewards today!

    • lindalou1963 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for stopping by and for sharing!

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Thanks for this very interesting and informative hub. Passing this on.

    • GClark profile image

      GClark 

      5 years ago from United States

      Interesting and informative. I remember reading National Geographic a lot while growing up - it opened whole new worlds for me.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It is a tradition that seems to cross all age and race barriers....it is simply a marvelous magazine and organization. I was lucky enough to attend a Leadership Conference for teacher in 1997, held at the NG headquarters in Washington D.C......best teaching workshop/experience ever.

      Well done my friend!

    • lindalou1963 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you so much!

    • profile image

      Old Poolman 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for this great reminder. I have read this off and on for years, and learned a great deal about other places in the world by doing so. I too have subscribed off and on, but now mainly read this magazine while sitting in a Doctors or Dentists waiting room.

      I think I will subscribe again since you wrote this hub and reminded me how much I have always enjoyed this reading.

    • lindalou1963 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

    • janshares profile image

      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Great hub, lindlou. Important milestone for you to acknowledge. Voted up and interesting.

    • lindalou1963 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for stopping by!

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I remember my parents ordered this magazine for us kids when we were young. I recall skimming through the pages and reading all that I could on nature and such. Great post here on this popular magazine.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)