Geographical Society of Philadelphia

Event Series

Our event series is a great way to meet other explorers for socializing, networking, sharing, and learning. 

GEO programs feature talks, presentations, and films by modern-day explorers, adventure travelers, authors, scientists, and historians, including receptions and ethnic feasts, as well as behind-the-scenes tours of Philadelphia landmarks and institutions.
Annual Legacy Event – an annual event since 1891 where the most exceptional of explorers have been honored, including Theodore Roosevelt, John Glenn, Jacques Yves Cousteau, and more recently, Philadelphia’s Todd Carmichael (Antarctic adventurer), Derrick Pitts (astronomer), and Leon McCarron – a writer, broadcaster and adventurer from Northern Ireland; a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a Fellow of the Abraham Path Initiative. 

Annual Legacy Event – Explorer of the Year Award  Since 1891, annually honoring an “Explorer of the Year”.  We elect the nominee based on their work crossing boundaries in their own successful and very worthy example of our mission.  The special Cecilia Beaux pin has previously been awarded to Robert Peary, Theodore Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, and Diana Nyad – to name just a few.

Marco Polo travelogue where fellow travelers meet for a sociable exchange of travel photos and experiences.

Marco Polo Travelogue showcases the visual splendor of travel through photography. As a courtesy of our members and friends sharing their trips and memories, the evening includes presentations by a variety of hosts, and Tom Tauber, whose a renowned travel photographer.  

Border Crossings substantive presentations by and conversations with knowledgeable speakers on world cultures, in a casual setting.

Border Crossings are conversations geared toward current events and cultural understanding. We strive to bring individuals with unique perspectives and intimate knowledge of people, a place, or an event that is in the news.

Members’ Eventssocial gatherings for GEO members only, which variously include guest speakers, music, and receptions in private settings.