SOURCE: The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club

July 26, 2011 16:58 ET

Members and Public Discover The Explorers Club "North Face"

Open House, Thursday, July 28, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Public Welcome

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 26, 2011) - Members of The Explorers Club, the world renowned international exploration organization, will soon discover a bit of urban archaeology unseen for years -- the North Face of their iconic Upper East Side headquarters named for famed broadcaster and Club member Lowell Thomas.

The 107-year-old Club will celebrate completion of the restoration of its 46 East 70th Street north-facing façade, and removal of construction scaffolding, with a public open house starting with a ribbon cutting on Thursday, July 28, at 11 a.m. Immediately following the ribbon ceremony, a climber will descend the east exterior wall of the six-story building, highlighting the next area of the building targeted for Phase II of the renovation project.

The Phase II renovation will also focus on the Club's outside terrace and a colonnade of particular historical import that dates from the medieval period, another portion of which is believed to be housed at The Cloisters.

Upon taking office as president in 2009, Lorie Karnath -- the 37th president and second female president in the Club's 107-year history -- launched a fundraising campaign to raise capital to begin the much needed revitalization of the 100-year-old headquarters. This initial campaign has raised the most amount of money to date for the Club under one administration.

"As explorers our mission is to not only to conduct field research and add to man's body of scientific knowledge, but to help ensure cultural and historical preservation as well. In this instance, cultural preservation starts at H.Q.," stated Karnath.

Rarely Viewed Artifacts
Rarely viewed artifacts from the Club's extensive collection will be displayed throughout the day. These will include fragments of matting used in the burial of 10th century Alaskan mummies; a Polar Capsule left at the North Pole by the 1986 Steger North Pole Expedition and recovered off the north coast of Ireland three years later; an axe from 1911 used in the construction of Robert Falcon Scott's base shelter in Antarctica; and a 1906 recording made by Robert E. Peary, who would successfully claim to reach the North Pole in 1909.

For more information: www.explorers.org.

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