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 ?
- 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.