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. Columbus Day Holiday Weekend.

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Weekend Highlights:

  • 6:30-10:30 pm Friday evening VIP cocktails and buffet dinner at the Embassy of Uzbekistan;
  • 8:30-9:00 coffee, tea, pastries; 9:00-11:30 am Saturday morning presentations by Explorer- Awardees in National Geographic’s Grosvenor Auditorium;
  • 6:00-10:30 pm 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;
  • 11:00 am-2 pm Sunday 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;

HOTEL

Room reservations can now be made at the Mayflower Hotel. Special Lowell Thomas rates Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please call 877-212-5752 for booking. Our block name is: ‘Lowell Thomas’

AUCTION

We need your help obtaining live and silent auction items!

Please contact Susan Sawtelle MN’Ol at susansawtelle@aol.com or Ken Kambis FN’ll at kenkambis@aol.com
with questions or to make your donations.

Contact – Please contact one of the following with suggestions and questions, or to volunteer:

EVENTS

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. Led by retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Eric Fies MN’16.

https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/

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 Nazi antisemitism and the contemporary implications to the world.

https://www.ushmm.org/

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. Led by Director John Hessler.

https://www.loc.gov/

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 museum ‘highlights’ and conversation about the past, present, and future of innovation and exploration.

https://airandspace.si.edu/

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. This is a special curatorial tour.

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. Led by Jennifer Jacobs.

https://www.nga.gov/

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

Saturday October 12

The 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. Led by previous Lowell Thomas Awardee, Rick Potts FN’95.

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. Led by former Collections Manager, David Furth.

https://naturalhistory.si.edu/

National Museum Of Natural History – Special Exhibit (Narwhal: Revealing An Arctic Legend)

Saturday October 12

A behind-the-scenes perspective on gathering data in one of nature’s harshest environments. Martin Nweeia FN’99, previous Lowell Thomas Awardee, who has carried the TEC Flag on 12 High Arctic expeditions will discuss his groundbreaking studies of narwhal tusk sensory function and Inuit traditional knowledge.

United States Capitol – Tour of the Brumidi Corridors

Friday October 11

This is a special opportunity of learn about the art and history behind the extraordinary Constantino Brumidi corridors depicting exploration. This location on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol is generally not open to the public. Led by Amy Burton from the Senate Curator’s Office.

SCHEDULE

NOTE: All Excursions are free but SPACE IS LIMITED. You must reserve in advance when you purchase your Lowell Thomas Awards Ticket (first received, first served).

Friday, October 11

2:30 – 4:00 pm EXCURSION – Open to all; reservations required. Transportation on your own.
The U.S. Capitol BRUMIDI CORRIDORS TOUR (capacity 15)

6:30 – 10:30 pm EMBASSY RECEPTION/BUFFET DINNER
Embassy of Uzbekistan 1746 Massachusetts Ave. NW Transportation on your own (Close to Mayflower Hotel) Open to VIP Ticket Holders – Reservations required

Saturday, October 12

8:30 – 9:00 am COFFEE/TEA/PASTRIES – Open to all
National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium Lobby

9:00 – 11:30 am AWARDEE PRESENTATIONS – Open to all
National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium

12:30 – 4:00 pm VIP TRIBUTE AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY (capacity 30)
Open to VIP Ticket Holders; reservations required. Must be on van leaving The Mayflower at 12:30 pm. Visit Explorers’ Grave Sites and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Returning to The Mayflower by 4:00 pm.

1:30 – 3:45 pm EXCURSIONS – Open to all; reservations required. Transportation on your own.

1:30 – 2:20pm National Museum of Natural History’Narwhal'(capacity20)
2:30 – 3:30pm National Museum of Natural History’HumanOrigins'(capacity20)
2:00 – 3:00pm National Museum of Natural History’Entomology'(capacity20)
2:00 – 3:00 pm Holocaust Museum (capacity 25)
2:00 – 3:00pm National Gallery of Art ‘Masterpiece’ Tour(capacity20)
2:00 – 3:30pm Library of CongressMap Collection(capacity20)
2:15 – 3:45 pm National Air & Space Museum ‘Highlights’ (capacity 25)

4:00 – 6:00 pm FREE TIME

6:00 – 7:30 pm GALA RECEPTION and SILENT AUCTION
The Mayflower

7:30 – 10:30 pm GALA DINNER and AWARDS PRESENTATIONS
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan
LIVE AUCTION
The Mayflower

Sunday, October 13

10:45 – 11:15 am TOUR OF COSMOS CLUB
Limited roundtrip van transportation provided between The Mayflower and The Cosmos Club.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm BRUNCH AT The Cosmos Club
Limited roundtrip van transportation provided between The Mayflower and The Cosmos Club.

1:00 – 5:00 pm VIP TRIBUTE AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY (capacity 30)
Open to VIP Ticket Holders; reservations required. Must be on van leaving The Cosmos Club at 1 pm. Visit Explorers’ Grave Sites and The Explorers Club special wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at 3:15 pm, returning to The Mayflower by 5 pm.

2:15 – 3:45 pm EXCURSIONS – Open to all; reservations required. Transportation on your own.

2:15 – 3:45 pm National Air & Space Museum ‘Highlights’ (capacity 25)
2:30 – 3:30 pm Holocaust Museum (capacity 25)
2:30 – 3:30 pm National Gallery of Art ‘Wilderness Tour’ (capacity 20)
2:30 – 3:30 pm National Museum of Natural History Entomology (capacity 20)