2019 Lowell Thomas Awards Weekend

2019 Lowell Thomas Awards Weekend

Save the Date! – The 2019 Lowell Thomas Awards Weekend, hosted by The Explorers Club Washington Group in Washington D.C. – October 11, 12 & 13
Weekend Highlights:

  • Friday evening VIP cocktails and buffet dinner at an Embassy.
  • Saturday morning presentations by Explorer-Awardees in National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium;
  • Saturday evening black tie dinner and auction at the Mayflower Hotel honoring our science awardees and featuring TEC Honorary Chair, Kathryn D. Sullivan, Ph.D as our gala speaker;
  • Sunday morning buffet brunch at the Cosmos Club on Mass Ave’s “Embassy Row”;
  • Saturday and Sunday guided tours of Washington, D.C. museums and historic sites.


Arlington National Cemetery – VIP Tour

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13

Participants will tour Arlington National Cemetery, our nation’s most sacred shrine and hallowed ground, to visit the gravesites of some of The Explorers Club’s founding members and famous firsts. While there, guests will witness the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and, on Sunday, participants will witness a historic wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider on behalf of our members that have gone on to higher exploration.


Holocaust Museum

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday October, 13

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was created to be a “resonator of memory”. Take in our special tour. Learn about the Holocaust. Remember survivors and victims. Confront genocide and antisemitism. Review historical factors that gave rise to the intense antisemitism of the Nazi’s and the contemporary implications to the world.


Library of Congress Map Collection

Saturday October 12

Tour behind-the-scenes collections of the Library of Congress to view early and rare maps of the Americas, documenting discovery and exploration. Behold selected artifacts from the archaeological vault.


National Air and Space Museum

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will help lead a national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions including the first Moon landing, which occurred on July 20, 1969. A year-long celebration is planned as they look back at the legacy of our first small steps on the Moon and look forward to the next giant leap. Join our tour for conversation about the past, present, and future of innovation and exploration.


National Gallery of Art ‘Masterpiece’ Tour

Saturday October 12

The Masterpiece Tour is part of the National Gallery’s commitment to promote the understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of Old Master paintings to as wide an audience as possible.

National Gallery of Art ‘Wilderness’ Tour

Sunday, October 13

Tour will focus on the spirit of early exploration of the wilderness in our young country. Featured paintings will include artists Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, James McNeil Whistler, and Hudson River School masterpieces, including those of Albert Bierstadt, painter of the American West.


National Museum of Natural History – Anthropology – The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins

Saturday October 12

“The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins offers visitors an immersive, interactive journey through 6 million years of scientific evidence for human origins. Connect with your distant ancestors at the Hall’s life-size forensically reconstructed faces of early human species.” Smithsonian anthropologists provide background and answer questions.

National Museum of Natural History – Entomology (Behind-the-scenes collections)

Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13

Get a feel for the enormity of the 35 million insects and arachnids of the Smithsonian’s Entomology Collections and what it takes to preserve and manage them. See examples of mimicry and camouflage. Field collecting methods will be discussed and various types of storage shown.



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