Upcoming Events at the

Rocky Mountain Chapter of The Explorers Club

May 16, 2024: The Ninety-Nines and Women in Aviation

Academy University Hill Chapel Hall
833 10th Street, Boulder, Colorado

Free admission, guests welcome, refreshments served

Join us as we examine the impact of the Ninety-Nines, founded by Amelia Earhart in 1929, on exploring and breaking barriers, Learn about the post-WWII start of women’s air racing and how the innovations of the Powder Puff Derby affected FAA rules, navigation, and the aviation industry. Also, how today’s air racing continues to evolve.

THE NINETY-NINES, INC.®, is an international organization of licensed women pilots from 44 countries based in Oklahoma City. Although there are other female pilot organizations in various states and nations, virtually all women of achievement in aviation have been or are members of The Ninety-Nines. This presentation will be given by Gretchen Jahn.

Gretchen Jahn is retired from a varied career in software engineering, startups, and manufacturing. In the aviation world she ran aircraft manufacturing companies in the U.S., New Zealand, and Germany. Gretchen has been a member of The Ninety-Nines since she received her pilot license in 1985, and has held offices in the organization at the local, regional, and international level.She has been a director or assistant director of the Air Race Classic since 2001. As an active air racer, this year will be her 27th Air Race Classic competition.

Our thanks to chapter member Cayte Bosler for initiating contact with Ms. Jahn.


June 4, 2024: First Contact: Like People You See in a Dream

Presented by Peter Van Arsdale, Ph.D.

Fjallraven Denver Store, 1510 Platte Street

6:30 PM

Free admission, guests welcome (no fee)

From a historical exploration perspective, spanning the so-called Age of Discovery, first contacts with previously unknown people have proven fascinating, mystifying, and controversial. At times those discovered have been described as “the Other,” “savages,” or “aliens.” At other times, they’ve been described as “giants” or “superhumans.”

This presentation will feature five such contacts, placing each in an anthropological context. Peter Van Arsdale’s first contact will include film footage of the men he and his team encountered exactly 50 years ago. The evocative phrase “Like People You See in a Dream” borrows from the first-contact writings about New Guinea of Edward Schieffelin.

Learn about:

• The Coahuiltecans of North America, ca. 1534, from the journal of Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca 

• The Ujiji of Lake Tanganyika, 1858, from the journal of Sir Richard Burton

• The Tasaday of Mindanao, 1971, from the journal of John Nance

• The Sentinelese of the Andaman Islands, 1991, from the journal of Vishvajit Pandya

• The Citak of Indonesian New Guinea, 1974, from the journal of Peter Van Arsdale  


Peter Van Arsdale, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist, human rights and community development specialist, and Fellow of The Explorers Club. He previously served as chair of the Rocky Mountain Chapter. He is the author or editor of ten books, the most recent: Encounters: 50 Fascinating Strangers from My Life on the Road (Amity Bridge, 2023)

RSVP by June 2 to jeff@blumenfeldpr.com