The National Geographic Society was formed in Washington, D.C. on this day in 1888 — a group made of 33 geographers, scientists, lawyers and explorers with the mission of “the increase and diffusion of geographical knowledge”. Less than a year after the club’s creation, the first edition of National Geographic Magazine was released, with revenues that continue to be used to this day for sponsoring the society’s different exploration and research projects. More than 130 years later, the National Geographic Society and its various publications and networks are internationally known, and it is one of the largest non-profit educational organizations in the world.
“There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy and its charm.” —
U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt