THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN STATE GEOLOGISTS: 1908-2008
The Association of American State Geologists will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2008. It was founded when 42 of the 46 states had geological surveys. The U.S. Geological Survey had been in existence for 29 years and there was both support and disagreement between states and the federal government concerning geologic work on non-federal lands. Since state geological surveys were part of state governments, these surveys needed an organization to influence the federal government, exchange ideas, and foster cooperation. The AASG was founded in Washington D.C. on May 12, 1908, with 22 state geologists in attendance. Science Magazine announced the new organization. The first officers elected were H.B. Kummel (N.J.), president; H. Foster Bain, secretary; and J.H. Pratt (N.C.), executive committeeman. The first resolution, for a national topographic mapping program, was sent to President Theodore Roosevelt at the Conference of Governors.
AASG has been a strong voice for the needs of states in geology, mineral resources, hazards, and water, and an organizing force behind many state-federal cooperative programs. That voice has been unwavering through these 100 years: that the issues of the states matter a great deal to the nation, and federal programs must meet the needs of the states to be successful.