Mission & History

In September 1949, George Darrow contacted 32 geological societies within the United States, gathering information to assist in the formation of a geological society in Billings, Montana. His hard work and dedication resulted in the formation of the Billings Geological Society, which boasted 71 members in its first year. The group held its First Annual Field Conference in September 1950 to explore the sedimentary rock formations of Montana.

Within five years of its creation, the Billings Geological Society grew to over 250 members. Eager to help educate the public, the Society created & distributed guidebooks and directories, created scholarship funds, and offered geology courses at Eastern Montana College. The members also made significant donations to the local library, science fairs, and local scout groups. The Society’s logo also made its first appearance in these years, which consists of a rock hammer and a bison skull.

In 1960, the Billings Geological Society hosted the Tenth Annual Rocky Mountain Section meeting, while its Education Committee continued to provide presentations to the local public. Some of these talks exceeded 1500 individuals in attendance.

In 1966, the Billings Geological Society transitioned to the Montana Geological Society (MGS). Since then, MGS has continued to grow and expand its impact on the community. Through its many outreach activities and publication of guidebooks and symposia, the Montana Geological Society works to accomplish the specific objectives stated in its mission statement:

“to promote interest and research in geology and allied sciences and their practical application, and to encourage fellowship and cooperation among the members.”

If you’d like to become a part of the MGS community, or learn about what it means to be an MGS member, please click here.