Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Magellan Programs

2012 – 2013

December 5, 2012. Reception and Private Tour of The Philadelphia History Museum at Atawater Kent

Charles Croce, director the newly renovated Philadelphia History Museum,showed us the inside story of the city’s older and more recent history.

September 5, 2012. Inside the Barnes

We enjoyed a private tour of new Barnes Foundation Museum, with a presentation by the Foundation’s William McDowell, project executive, and Aileen K. Roberts, Chair of the Building Committee. The private reception and tour included “The Collector”, a 20-minute film exploring the life of Albert C. Barnes, along with a 9-minute film on the creation of this magnificent building.

2011 – 2012

September 2011. The National Museum of History

We enjoyed lunch at the Liberty View Ballroom, which offers a panoramic view of Independence Square.

December 2011. Historical Society of Pennsylvania Tour

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania houses one of the largest history libraries and studies of ethnic communities and immigrant experiences in the nation.

January 2012. Morocco

We shared our insights on Morocco with Ted Burkett at the Kesher Israel Synagogue and enjoyed a seven-course Moroccan feast at Marrakesh Restaurant, 517 South Leithgow Street.

February 2012. Grand Dinner with Maureen Cassidy-Geiger

Maureen acted as our cicerone, or knowledgeable tour guide, recreating with an amazing array of images the 3,000-mile tour of Italy by Crown Prince Friedrich Christian of Saxony from 1738-40. Prior to her presentation, we enjoyed an Italian dinner and wine with the independent scholar and traveler.

May 2012. Pennsylvania Hospital Private Tour and Reception

We walked through the historical library, herb gardens, gallery and surgical amphitheater of the nation’s first hospital.

2010 – 2011

Franklin Institute Roof Terrace

September 15, 2010. Open the Season AT THE TOP – on the Franklin Institute’s Roof Terrace overlooking the Parkway

After an elegant reception, we enjoyed a private screening of National Geographic’s new film The Wildest Dream which captures one of history’s great feats of mountaineering. It tells the gripping story of George Mallory and the modern climbers who follow his path, seeking to solve the enduring mystery of his last ascent of Mt. Everest in 1924.

November 6, 2010. Into the Masonic Temple Archives

Behind the scenes at the Masonic Temple with a private tour and unveiling of its historic archives by the Curator of the Masonic Library and Museum, which included letters signed by George Washington. Spectacular spaces such as the Egyptian Room. Continental Breakfast were included!

November 17, 2010. French wine Tasting and Buffet

We discussed French culture and wines with Mary Lee and Sid Nolan before their film program, Wine Regions of France, and enjoyed selections of the wines of France while savoring a themed buffet dinner at the Academy of Natural Sciences before the evening performance.

February 2, 2011. Magellan Dinner – Travels in Syria, Lebanon & Jordan

We shared sights and insights with photographer Tom Tauber, and saw dramatic images of Petra, Damascus, Crusader castles, Roman ruins, mosques, souks, and street scenes. Then we enjoyed a themed dinner at Fez Restaurant in Society Hill, with its fabric covered walls, carpeted floors, and aromas of exotic spices as Lebanese chefs prepared a delicious dinner.

April 13, 2011. Chinese Feast

We joined Himalayan Region explorers and photographers Ryan Pyle and Brandon Zatt prior to their evening presentation Report from the Remote Corners of China. We dined with them at the Asia on the Parkway restaurant two blocks from the Academy of Natural Sciences.

May 3, 2011. Behind the Scenes at the Rosenbach Museum and Library

We joined the Rosenbach’s Director for a tour through the elegant rooms in its 19th century Delancey Place townhouses. We saw a display of the rare travel collection as well as their fine art and decorative arts collections. Of special interest to us was Tourists and Their Travels which featured how people traveled in 19th-century America and covered the experiences of gold rush emigrants, settlers, soldiers, Indians, and European tourists. We saw what they left behind: maps, advertisements, broadsides, letters home, guidebooks, and scrap books, and learned where they went and what they saw. A wine reception followed.
We joined fellow members in trendy Northern Liberties as Tom Tauber shared magnificent images and personal impressions of Bolivia. Then, at elegant Bar Ferdinand, we enjoyed a five course Spanish tapas-style feast (program and reception free – dinner charge.)

March 2010. Special Buffet Dinner – Cruising the Eastern Mediterranean

Theme dinner with filmmakers MARY LEE and SID NOLAN at The Academy of Natural Sciences.

April 2010. Into the Photo Archives

– The Franklin Institute
Presentation and Wine Reception
The world as original Geographical Society members saw it! Vintage glass lantern slides of travels in the early 1900’s took us on a “Grand Tour”. The Franklin Institute invited us to view highlights of their extensive collection and enjoy a wine reception.

May 2010. Special Buffet Dinner – Perilous Passages.

Theme dinner with adventurer KARIN MULLER at The Academy of Natural Sciences

2008 – 2009

September 2008. Behind The Scenes Tour – Comcast Center.

A visit the brand-new Comcast Center! This exclusive Magellan Circle member-only event took us top to bottom through Philadelphia’s tallest building. Another distinction is its incorporation of eco-friendly technologies, making it the tallest “green” building in the country.

October 2008 (Prior to the Argentina Connoisseur Program). Behind The Scenes Tour – The Racquet Club.

We toured this historic club including squash courts, majestic third floor indoor pool, hotel rooms and other facilities.

October 2008. Magellan Dinner. Report From The Field – India.

Special slide presentation reviewing the Society’s November 2007 trip to India featuring Rajasthan palace hotels and the Pushkar Camel Fair. A festive dinner followed at the acclaimed Lovash Restaurant, 236 South Street. Dinner Charge.

January & April, 2009. Receptions

Receptions before two Travelogue Films at The Academy of Natural Sciences. Attendees met the speakers and other members, and enjoyed wine and a light dinner.

May 2009. Athenaeum of Philadelphia Behind The Scenes Tour. Wine and Cheese Reception.

A visit to the Athenaeum’s notable Italianate Revival Style building, private library, richly embellished reading rooms, and changing exhibition gallery. We saw treasures from their Travel Collection archives and toured this jewel in Philadelphia’s historic crown.

June 2009. Picnic at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Wine and a picnic near the Elisha Kent Kane mausoleum, built into a cave overlooking the Schuylkill River. The Society’s most coveted gold medal is named for this famous Polar Explorer. Laurel Hill (also called the “Underground Museum”) is a National Historic Landmark.
Pushkar Camel Fair

2007 – 2008

October & November 2007, and April 2008. Receptions

Receptions before three Travelogue Films at The Academy of Natural Sciences. Attendees met the speakers and other members, and enjoyed wine and a light buffet.

December 2007. Explorers Dinner

At The Franklin Inn Club. Attendees explored the world (and skies!) with Dr. Jay Pasachoff, author and authority on solar eclipses. Pasachoff, a veteran of 44 solar eclipses, described recent and upcoming expeditions on seven continents. Locations included Zambia, the Greek islands, French Guiana, Siberia (2008), and China (2009). Pasachoff’s work is supported by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, and NASA. Dinner charge.
Solar eclipse (©2006 Jay Pasachoff, Hana Druckmüllerová, Miloslave Druckmüller)
Dr. Jay Pasachoff, author and authority on solar eclipses

January 2008. President’s Cocktail Reception.

Attendees learned about “The Role of the Geographical Society in Turn-of-the-Century Exploration” and other achievements. Reception was held at the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia.

March 2008.

Attendees traveled to a special place, exotic Vietnam. Slide presentation at the Racquet Club exclusively for Magellan Circle members and their guests.

Spring 2008.

Attendees experienced a behind-the-scenes visit to the American Philosophical Society, to see treasures of American exploration, plus historic Geographical Society memorabilia.

2006 – 2007

September & October 2006, and March 2007.

Receptions before three 7:30 p.m. Travelogue Films at The Academy of Natural Sciences. Attendees met the speakers and other members over wine and a light buffet.

November 2006. Explorers Dinner at the Franklin Inn Club.

Magellan Circle Members “explored the world” with Ralph E. Ehrenberg, Chief Emeritus of the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, and author of Mapping the World: An Illustrated History of Cartography.

June 2007.Behind-the-Scenes Excursion – “To the Ends of the Earth for Science”

The Academy of Natural Sciences’ Travel and Exploration Collection, led by Academy Fellow Robert McCracken Peck.