National Geographic : 1894 Jan 31
Objects of the Society. 107 Voluntary in its methods of action, it may move with all the free dom consistent with good reason. It has before it as its objects, (1) The perfection of geography itself; (2) The dissemination of the data of geography; (3) The selection of the data and their adaptation to other subjects of instruction and to the best results in teaching; (4) The training of all teachers in the right knowl edge of the subjects and in the best methods of teaching them for pupils in all grades; and (5) The devising and use of all objects, graphics or stereoptics, and other aids in illustration to make most effective the presentation of places, persons, events, and their relations. Thus, travel will unite instruction with diversion. For the student, man, races, nations will arise and take their places on the stage of action in their true relation and character. THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, voluntary in its character as we have noticed, in promoting its great ends by improving the methods of education, may ally itself with all cooperative official agencies. Its purposes are most strictly in accord with the statutes regulating that great disseminating agency, the United States Bureau of Education, now so ably and efficiently administered by its Commissioner, the Honorable W. T. Harris. By the aid of the facilities of that Bureau and the great confi dence reposed in it, the Society may bring its helpful service, by its leadership, prizes, lectures and publications, to the aid of every teacher and school in the land; other nations, too, may gain its cooperation; and thus it may accomplish the great and beneficent purpose of its honored president and his collaborators. Following General Eaton's address the Chairman announced: We have with us to-day a friend who promised to speak pro vided his name was not placed on the program. He will now address you; Major J. W. Powell, Director of the United States Geological Survey. Major Powell addressed the Conference as follows: MR PRESIDENT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: The occasion on which we meet, the anniversary of the discovery of America by Columbus, notes a great geographic event, the greatest event of human history. It had a wonderful influence on the world, this discovery of America of which you have heard so much during the past year; and it had an influence in a direction which perhaps you have not considered.
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