Celebrating 200 Years of Geology at Williams

Map of northwestern Massachusetts, 1819

The latest exhibition in the Steven Schow Gallery in Special Collections highlights 200 years of Geology at Williams. Specifically, it recognizes four nineteenth century professors who were pioneers in the study of the local area and in the pedagogy of their emerging science.

“Celebrating 200 Years of Geology at Williams” exhibition will run through August 2017 and it’s curated in conjunction with the Bicentennial celebration of the Geosciences Department. The exhibition recognizes four nineteenth century professors who were pioneers in the study of the local area and in the pedagogy of their emerging science. All were multi-disciplinary scientists and educators, sometimes teaching four or five different fields at a time. Beginning with the teaching of Amos Eaton (Williams Class of 1799) in 1817, their students “learned by doing”; they went on field trips, ran experiments, and gave lectures while learning the applications of science and its place in a liberal arts education. The exhibition was prepared and curated by Geosciences Professor Bud Wobus and Martin Keenan ’17 with assistance from College Archivist Katie Nash.