Wisconsin Geological Society History
In the midst of the Great Depression of the 1930's, the director of
the Milwaukee Public Museum hired people in 1935 to create earth
science exhibits. These Works Progress Administration (WPA) employees
started meeting outside working hours in their homes to discuss the
exhibits. In February 1936, they formed the Wisconsin Geological
Society, which was allowed to meet the first Monday of each month at
the Museum. In 1940, the Society was one of the three founding clubs of
the Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies (MWF).
In 1947, the Wisconsin Geological Society, Inc. was incorporated under
the laws of the State of Wisconsin as a non-profit, non-stock
WGS awards scholarships annually to UW-Milwaukee Geo-Science students.
Donations are tax deductible.
Did you know ?
- A telephone contains over 40 different mineral materials, a television set has about 35, and an automobile about 15.
- Fool's Gold can be one of three minerals; the most common mineral mistaken for gold is pyrite, chalcopyrite may also appear gold-like, and weathered biotite mica can mimic flake gold.