I sat in amazement at how engaged the children were as they listened to you relive so many of the fascinating aspects of your journey. It was clear that they were deeply touched by your courage and resilience. Many life lessons are contained in your story and the way you recount it for others.
- Luke Nawrocki, St Jospeh Catholic Academy.
Denis captured unforgettable images that ignite the imagination of every human who shares this planet. He makes history come to life and captures the essence of the human condition ... I will never forget the sea of raised hands for the Q+A portion of Denis' presentation – the engagement was unparalleled.
- Dr. Jeneen Graham, St Margaret's Episcopal School.
Today's program was absolutely fantastic! I don't remember the last time I witnessed the whole middle school so enthralled in a presentation. Denis connected to both their academic studies and their imaginations. The sixth grade Islamic geometric patterns worked perfectly. This was one of the best cultural enrichment programs we have ever had.
- Tom Cayer, Chase Collegiate School.
Denis answered every student's question unflinchingly ... his infectious enthusiasm and passion for living one's life to the fullest came through loud and clear. Besides our students ... I have never seen adults so interested in a presentation at night - they didn't want to leave!
- Wynn Richards, San Domenico School.
Welcome to In the Footsteps of Marco Polo
The Foundation for Historical Exploration is a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the design and implementation of live talks and inspirational curricula activities based on historic expeditions that have been replicated in modern times.
Connecting young people to real life exploration motivates and inspires them with powerful learning tools that develop critical-thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills, the precise skills they’ll need as they enter the global workforce of the 21st century.
“An extraordinary initiative and travel experience. They set out to demonstrate that Marco Polo actually spent his 25 years in Asia and reported first-hand about all the wonders he had seen, and I think that after Francis’s and Denis’s experience few people could still have doubts in this regard.”
- Stefano Carboni, Curator of Islamic Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Our vision for this project was very focused,’ says Belliveau. ‘We wanted to see just how accurate Marco Polo’s words were.’” “So look they did. What they found was that nobody had ever followed and photographed Polo’s entire route from Venice to China and back…” - Photographic Magazine
MARCO POLOS TIMELINE
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“I’m in awe of your achievement – the endurance, the commitment, the pictures, the writing.”
- John Man, Author
Marco Polo – The Journey That Changed The World.
“When they returned to Venice, they were given a hero’s welcome: a royal regatta of gondolas, a gala reception, a gallery showing of their photographs. There was an official poster commemorating their accomplishment, and the bells of St Mark’s were rung in their honor. Not only were they finally given access to Marco Polo’s will, they were allowed to sleep in the explorer’s home.”
- Biography Magazine