Month: August 2017

2017 ECWG Bombash

2017 ECWG Bombash

You are cordially invited to attend the ECWG Bombash
Held jointly and organized with the Explorers Club Group of Philadelphia
Friday 29 September through Sunday 1 October 2017

Let’s go see where our Constitution was written. Walk in the footsteps of the authors of our country. This will be an extraordinary joint event that combines the efforts of the ECWG and the Philadelphia Chapter for a weekend in Philadelphia, the Birthplace of our Nation and the first World Heritage City in the United States ( We have filled a short weekend with events and places to see. There are many explorers to meet! For those who have never experienced a Bombash, it’s a great way to get to know our colleagues. Our aim is to have a Bombash that is informative, relaxing, and FUN!! Show up to represent ECWG and to soak up history while socializing in the City of Brotherly Love.

You are responsible for your own accommodations and travel to and from Philadelphia, PA.  The hotel at which many of our members will be staying:

Direct link to EC Bombash room booking

The 2017 Bombash events in Philadelphia will be centered around Independence Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Friday, September 29:
6:30-9:00 PM – We will kick off Bombash with an informal dinner at Villa D’Roma located in Philadelphia”s “Little Italy” at 936 S. 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA. Dutch treat.

Saturday, September 30:
9:30-10:45 AM – Independence Visitor Center, 599 Market Street
Constitutional Walking Tour around sites that played a major part in our history. The tour will last about 75 minutes with stops at Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Constitution Center and Carpenters Hall, to name a few. $25.00

11:00 -12:00 noon: – Independence Hall. Our walking tour will be followed by a Ranger-led tour around the first floor of Independence Hall, a World Heritage Site.

12:00-1:30 PM: – Lunch at City Tavern, 138 S. 2nd Street. Dutch treat.
The original City Tavern, destroyed in the late 1800s, was rebuilt in 1976 in time for the bicentennial celebration. City Tavern was a meeting place for our Founding Fathers. The Tavern served as a headquarters for George Washington for 3 days during the Revolutionary War. The first 4th of July was celebrated there.

1:40-3:00 PM: – After lunch we will tour Philadelphia’s newest museum, the Museum of the American Revolution. 101 S. 3rd Street, where we will have a 30-minute presentation on the archaeological excavation for the museum in 2014. Highlights include artifacts dating back to the 1750s. $25.00

6:00-9:00 PM: – Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad Street
Dinner Lecture. Dr. Robert Peck (FN 83) will present “A Glorious Enterprise: Two Hundred Years of Exploration and Discovery at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia”. Dr. Peck is Senior Fellow and Historian at the Academy. He will discuss America’s oldest natural history institution, enlivening his talk with fascinating photographs from the Academy’s archives and collections. Jacket and tie required. Dinner $55.00

Sunday, October 1:
10:00-Noon: – Optional: Informal tour at Reading Terminal Market, 51 North 12 Street. Meet at the Seating Area. Dutch treat.

Cost for Saturday Events $105 not including lunch at City Tavern. Only Saturday Dinner at Union League: $55.00

PDF Map of Locations

Reservation for Bombash in Philadelphia

Please reserve __________ places for:
Name ________________________
Guest name(s) __________________
Number of vegetarian meals (if any) desired ______________
Organization Affiliation if other than ECWG ______________
The cost is $105 per person for Saturday events (Walking tour, Museum, Dinner at Union League; not including lunch at City Tavern)
Only Saturday Dinner at Union League $55.00
Contact Arnella Trent directly to make individual arrangements if you cannot participate in the whole program.
Enclosed is a check for $__________________

No cancellations will be accepted after the evening of Saturday 12 September 2017.

Send information above and checks made payable to “Explorers Club Washington Group” to:
Arnella Trent
115 Willis Street
Cambridge MD 21613

New Smithsonian Exhibit: “Narwhal, revealing an Arctic Legend”

New Smithsonian Exhibit: “Narwhal, revealing an Arctic Legend”

The Narwhal Discoveries team is proud to announce the opening of the “Narwhal, revealing an Arctic Legend” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on Thursday August the 3rd.

Martin Nweeia DMD, DDS, content curator for the new exhibit at the Smithsonian, is a full time dentist who developed his research interest in the function of the narwhal tusk as a passion of curiosity.

Rarely do curators at the nation’s leading Museum come from the citizen science community, but Nweeia has been persistent and successful in his passion. With his unique perspective of including Inuit elders and hunters with myriad groups of scientists, his work was cited in a “Highlight’ to the US Congress as “a model for science as it seeks to better understand our world.” Collaborations formed under his direction as Principal Investigator are Narwhal Tusk Discoveries, The Narwhal Genome Initiative, and The Narwhal HoloLens Experience with an augmented reality vision of live narwhal swimming and an Inuit elder describing observations of traditional knowledge.To continue exploring these academic avenues of interest, Nweeia was appointed academic positions on the faculties of dental medicine at Harvard and Case Western Reserve Universities, and research associate positions at the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

“Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend, also for youth ”

It took Dr. Nweeia sixteen expeditions to the Arctic to accumulate his knowledge on the Arctic world of the Narwhal as well as the interconnected relationships between humans, arctic mammals and their changing environment. Environmental economist Pamela Peeters joined him on his last expedition to Pond Inlet (Baffin Island) and engaged in community outreach, film and photography. She wrote a book for children about the experience entitled “Eco Hero goes to Canada” inclusive of a teachers manual. She has now also developed the “ECO HERO trail” as to enrich the experience for youth interested in this exhibition.

The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.

About Narwhal Discoveries :
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About Pamela Peeters :
Pamela Peeters