Founded in New York in 1905, the Explorers Club is a professional society created with the goal of promoting scientific exploration and field study. The Explorers Club is renowned for a series of Famous Firsts, accomplished by Club members or "those admitted after their achievements":
Around 1909 when Father is preparing for Peary's third expedition to the North Pole, Father says he was a past president of the Explorers Club. Before 1909, there would only have been two past presidents: Adolphus W. Greely, the founding president, and explorer Frederick A. Cook. Cook was expelled from the Club after both his claim that he was the first to reach the summit of Mount McKinley and that he was the first to reach the North Pole were discredited. Cook died in New Rochelle, New York, but other than that, shared little in common with Father, who according to the narrative of Ragtime, would have been president when Cook held the office.
The Explorers Club is famous today for the Explorers Club flag, pictured above, which is carried on expeditions of explorers around the globe. However, Peary's expedition took place 9 years before the tradition of the flag began.
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