GSA's 125th Anniversary

Celebrating Advances in Geoscience
Our science, our societal impact, and our unique thought processes

Sage HallBeginning in 1888 (officially 27 Dec. 1888) with just over 100 members, to today serving more than 26,000 members worldwide, The Geological Society of America is proud to be celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year.

On the Shoulders of Giants

Margaret Fuller Boos Norman Levi Bowen Samuel Franklin Emmons Frank Bursley Taylor
Learn more about GSA's Founders

Photos at right: Top: The Botanical Lecture Room in Sage Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where the Geological Society of America was formally founded in 1888. Bottom: GSA President, Suzanne Mahlburg Kay and Larry Brown, chair of EAS Department at Cornell, long time GSA member, and author of geophysics chapter of 125th volume, commemorate GSA's anniversary in the same room 125 years later.

Be a part of GSA history

GSA members and friends are encouraged to contribute!

  • NEW! Listen to Formations — ‘Rock Music’ of a Different Kind. Performed by the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and sponsored by ExxonMobil Corp.
  • Give 125 “somethings” to help expand the Society’s reach in mission-critical programs, education, and outreach.
  • 125th Anniversary Special Papers
  • Anniversary Books
    Three Special Papers, written by giants in their fields, are being prepared to celebrate GSA’s anniversary. These comprehensive, fascinating books cover advances in the geosciences over the past 50 years.
  • Lava Cap Merlot
  • Drink Wine
    GSA is celebrating with this Lava Cap wine, nourished by the prime volcanic soil of the Sierra Nevada Foothills. As geologists themselves, the Jones winemaking family appreciates GSA’s interests in Earth’s history, processes, and resources.
    Here’s to 125 years of ground-breaking geoscience, and our passion for the never-ending mysteries of the Earth!
  • Gala GoersRead the GSA Founders Blog
  • Get a Field Assistant (Ale that is): Special 125th Anniversary brew.
  • Review 125th anniversary Topical Sessions and Symposia from the 2013 Annual Meeting
  • Those who attended the anniversary gala in Denver during the GSA Annual Meeting got treated to "rock music" from the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra inspired by Colorado's geology. Listen Online. Click on image at right to get a closer look at some of the gala goers.

During this celebration year, we look at how far we have come over the last 50 years, viewing results of scientific and technological advances, as well as looking at predictions for future progress.

Throughout our 125th Anniversary website, you will find information on the many activities and opportunities carried out, along with ways for you to engage and give back. You can also explore the history of how The Geological Society of America became one of the world’s leading scientific societies that it is today.

We are pleased that you are able to celebrate with us along the way.

Visit GSA Headquarters!
Visitor Guide
In the Denver / Boulder area? Stop by GSA HQ and see our beautiful building and specimen collection.

Can't make it in person?
Take a virtual tour — download the Visitor Guide.
Open House Video
Watch Video from GSA's Community Open House

(26 April 2013, HQ in Boulder)


125th Anniversary Committee:

Sharon Mosher, Chair, University of Texas
Victor Baker, University of Arizona
M. E. (Pat) Bickford, Syracuse University
J. Christopher Hepburn, Boston College
Jacqueline Huntoon, Michigan Technological University
Judy Parrish, University of Idaho
Brian Pratt, University of Saskatchewan
Gail Russell, University of Southern Mississippi
Steve Wells, Desert Research Institute, University & Community College System of Nevada

GSA Members, Sections, Divisions, and Associated Societies —
Help GSA celebrate its 125th anniversary throughout the year 2013!

Sharon Mosher
Chair - 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee,