Wisconsin Geological Society History
In the midst of the Great Depression of the 1930's, the
the Milwaukee Public Museum hired people in 1935 to create
science exhibits. These Works Progress Administration (WPA)
started meeting outside working hours in their homes to
exhibits. In February 1936, they formed the Wisconsin
Society, which was allowed to meet the first Monday of each
the Museum. In 1940, the Society was one of the three
founding clubs of
the Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological
In 1947, the Wisconsin Geological Society, Inc. was
the laws of the State of Wisconsin as a non-profit,
WGS awards scholarships annually to UW-Milwaukee Geo-Science students.
Donations are tax deductible.
Did you know ?
- Wisconsin once had active volcanoes and mountains that would rival today's Alps?
- General Ulysses S. Grant's tomb is made of red granite, Wisconsin's State Rock, and was quarried from Montello Wisconsin.
- Galena is Wisconsin's State Mineral and the mining
boom in the 1800s ultimately led to Wisconsin's nickname
of The Badger State.