Terra Cognita

Newsletter of the Society for the History of Discoveries

Page 15

May 2006

but a Yemen possession). Interest stems from his early days at sea when he would pass the island. “The Socotro website has lots of interesting information now that it has become well known. An annotated bibliography I compiled in 1965 was the basis for quite a lot of the historical material on the website.” John and Joan have moved from Tucson, AZ back to Salisbury, MD and look forward to seeing old friends and colleagues again.

Alberta Auringer Wood reports: “Another busy year has passed with changes such as retirement in August and moving to Ilderton, Ontario (a small village just north of the university town of London), being foremost among them. Having the annual conference of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and the Canadian Cartographic Association in St. John’s at the end of July 2005, along with visits from family and friends as sort of a ‘last hurrah’ to our time in Newfoundland also contributed to a very full schedule. The conference included an oral presentation on the map collection of Fabian O’Dea, an SHD member until his death on December 12, 2004. His map collection was given to Memorial University of Newfoundland. A written version will be published in the Bulletin of the Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives. Being appointed as an Honorary Research Librarian by Memorial University of Newfoundland shortly before my retirement will facilitate continued bibliographic research on maps of Newfoundland and Labrador.”

John Woram has continuously updated his galapagos.to website, adding new maps and documents as he discovers them. He says that he is “getting several hundred visits a day, which, considering the rather narrow subject, is encouraging.”
John wrote: “I’ve also started a new web site at http://rockvillepress.com to promote my new book, Charles Darwin Slept Here: Tales of Human History at World’s End. This is about the human and cartographic history of the islands, from Inca legend to their accidental European discovery in 1535, and continuing on through the years as they were rediscovered by an odd assortment of buccaneers, whalers, American naval captains, and later a naturalist of some note. In fact, all this led to a series of history tours in which I take a small group of travelers to Galápagos and subject them to a barrage of history and cartography – while enjoying the natural history of the islands too, of course.”

Wings WorldQuest and Women Explorers

The Mission of Wings WorldQuest is to inspire all women to explore their universe

Ten years ago, after a successful career as a photojournalist, I became aware of an invisible but highly prolific group of individuals who over the centuries had contributed extraordinarily to our under-standing of the world through exploration. But because they were women, they had been marginalized, and left out of the larger picture of history. Reading between the lines, gradually the immensity of the story began to emerge. The sheer volume of stories was captivating. What began as an oral history project became a history book: Women of Discovery, which evolved into the non-profit Wings WorldQuest, Inc.

Wings has created a number of successful programs modeled in part on other institutions concerned with exploration, but with our own twist focusing on the accomplishments of women, with a goal of contributing to scientific exploration and inspiring people to find their own passion, their own connection to life on earth. Through our awards and flag programs, Wings affirms its commitment to the environment in sponsoring individuals endeavoring to create a just, sustainable future. 

Through our educational programs, Wings is committed to the notion of empowerment and access to exploration through training, mentoring, and inspiration. Wings is about access to knowledge which offers limitless opportunities for making a difference. Wings is about building partnerships with scientific, educational, and corporate entities to further our goals. Above all, Wings is about serendipity, which is central to scientific breakthroughs. Building on our programs of annual awards, creation of an online bibliographic database of women explorers, publishing books on exploration, lecturing, creating educational programs, and sponsoring flag expeditions, we are dreaming a greater vision.

*Because we have seen the excitement a Flag Expedition creates, we would like to expand this program with annual published reports, which could be used in schools as well as a resource to aid in further exploration.

*Because Wings recognizes the difficulty of finding books and articles about women explorers, it signed an

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