Geosciences Bicentennial Celebration, June 11 &12, 2017

Clockwise from top left: the first topographic map of the Williamstown area, circa 1898; the original Clark Hall, built in 1881; Prof. Freeman Foote in the field with students in the early 1970’s; our newest department logo, created in 2015; Eloise Andry ’14 exploring mining equipment.

On June 11th and 12th, the Geosciences Department will celebrate two hundred years of earth science at Williams. That’s right: our modern Geosciences Department traces its origins to Professor Amos Eaton’s tenure at the College, which began in 1817!  (Eaton was also an alum, Class of 1799. For more about the history of the department, check out the exhibit currently on display at the Steven Schow Special Collections Gallery in Sawyer Library.)

Our day-and-a-half commemoration will include presentations and discussions about the department’s history, current activities and future directions, as well tours, field trips, off-campus hikes, and of course, time to socialize, connect and re-connect with our faculty and alumni.

The full program can be downloaded here. Please join us!