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The National Geographic Society is a scientific and educational institution that specializes in geography, archaeology, natural science, world culture, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation. The National Geographic provides grants to conduct scientific re... Read Moresearch and improve geography education. The National Geographic magazine -- with its famous logo of a yellow, rectangular portrait frame -- is published in 34 languages. The society also runs its own TV channel and publishes an online news outlet, books, maps, and Web and film products to educate people on scientific matters. Its film March of the Penguins, narrated by Morgan Freeman, received an Academy Award for best documentary in 2006.

The National Geographic Society started as a club for a group of explorers, academics, and wealthy patrons interested in traveling. After preparing a constitution and an organization plan, the group incorporated as a society in 1888 and published the first issue of the magazine nine months later. Alexander Graham Bell was the society's second president -- his father-in-law had been the first.

The magazine focuses on geography, popular science, world history, culture, and current events. In addition to the monthly magazine, the society publishes six other periodicals for kids, all in the National Geographic line: Kids, Little Kids, Traveler, Adventure, Explorer, and Green Guide.
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