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A Gala Dinner with Description de l'Égypte Benefiting The Explorers Club Library & Archives

April 30th, 6:00 - 9:30 pm

The Explorers Club invites you to a very special evening celebrating the French explorers who studied and documented Egypt under Napoleon’s orders (1798-1801).

These scholar-explorers included over one thousand scientists, engineers, architects and artists, whose research and documentation of Egypt culminated in the creation and publication of the Description de l'Égypte (1809-1828). The Explorers Club owns a fine edition of these legendary volumes.

From 6 o’clock to 7 o’clock, small groups will have the opportunity for a guided viewing of these volumes while others savor historic French and Egyptian cuisine. A celebration – with a full bar & special drinks – will be held in the library.

At 7 o’clock, a dinner – evoking the exotic flavors & aromas of the period – will be served in the Clark Room, where the Chester D. Tripp Professor of History at Yale University, Dr. Paul Freedman, will discuss the cuisine and the enduring significance the French occupation of Egypt has had on the history of gastronomy.

At 8 o’clock, following the dinner, the Curator of the Dahesh Museum, Alia Nour, will give an illustrated talk discussing specific men and their scientific efforts, the establishment of the Commission des Sciences et Arts d'Égypte. She will demonstrate the importance of these scientific and cultural discoveries and will show their influence on art and science .

The Explorers Club Archivist and Curator of Research Collections, Lacey Flint, will give a ten minute history of the club’s flag expeditions into Egypt and will present some of the club’s holdings.

We will toast The Explorers Club Library & Archives holdings and conclude the evening by 9:30 pm.

Tickets for this special event are available for purchase by Club Members at $150 per person and by the public at $175 per person. For reservations, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Payment is required with reservations, no tickets will be sold at the door, and there will be no cancellations after Friday, April 24th at 12:00 pm. Please indicate if you would like to arrive by 5:45 pm to be part of the first group to view the Description de l'Égypte. Additional contributions are most welcome.

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