National Geographic : 1898 Jul
AMERICAN GEOGRAPHIC EDUCATION of man on a higher plane than is known abroad. Thus America has outstripped the rest of the world in scientific development, especially during the last quarter-century, and while the pro gress has gone forward at equal rate in every part of the land its center is the National Capital, where the federal offices and several of the scientific societies are located ; and the assembling of our educators in our Capital City is a fitting conjunction which must benefit both. The largest learned body domiciled in the Capital City is the National Geographic Society. Although the major portion of its members are residents of the District of Columbia, it has a membership distributed over all of the states and territories, especially in the leading educational institutions. The express function of the Society is " the increase and diffusion of geo graphic knowledge." These ends are attained by means of public meetings for the presentation and discussion of commu nications, by the publication of a magazine, and in other appro priate ways. It is, in the best sense of the term, an educational institution; and the success of its work is attested by its'unpre cedentedly rapid growth in membership and influence. The National Geographic Society is among the institutions of the National Capital striving to render the meeting of the Na tional Educational Association agreeable and profitable. It has secured the cooperation of the scientific bureaus in the prepara tion of an exhibit illustrating the work of the federal government in knowledge-making, and indicating the educational facilities of the Capital; this exhibit is installed in the Central High School building, and will be in immediate charge of custodians able to explain the maps, apparatus, and other objects exhibited, and to describe the work of the bureaus. It has arranged a field meeting in the interest of the Association, at which the methods and purposes of the Society will be illustrated by addresses on phases of geography by the leading living specialists. It has devoted a special number of THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAG AZINE to the Association, and provided for its sale to members at a fraction of the customary price. Finally it was one of the institutions of the National Capital to cordially invite the edu cators of the country to Washington; its officers and members are serving on local committees and contributing in other ways to the convention; and it stands second to no institution in wel coming the educators of America to the fair city by the Potomac which has become the world's center of enlightenment.