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Celebrate Our 70th!

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Celebrating our past
Creating our future
1949-2019

All alumni and their families are invited to join us at the IU Geologic Field Station August 1-4, 2019. Celebrate with generations of alumni who regard the Field Station as one of the highlights of their geological studies.

For everyone’s safety no animals will be permitted.

a little history

the earliest days...

The impetus and vision that created the Indiana University Geologic Field Station came from Charles Frederick Deiss. His experience in the Rockies and his teaching at the University of Montana (1929-45) led him to select the South Boulder Valley as the site for the Field Station when he came to Indiana as department chairman and State Geologist in 1945.

Dr. Deiss selected the South Boulder Valley as the site for the Field Station because "the region offers more extensive and varied geologic phenomena than any other area of equal size in the United States." After a July 1948 visit by the IU Purchasing Agent and the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds, the present site was selected for purchase.

Charles J. Vitaliano was the first full-time instructor in G429 at the IU Geologic Field Station. He taught with Charles Deiss in the first IU course offerings (1947-48) at the Princeton Field Camp near Red Lodge, and became primary instructor for the first course offered at the IUGFS in 1949.

the weekend highlights

Stay at the Field Station, area hotel, or Airbnb

Thursday August 1

  1. Check-in
  2. Share your memories for our special video project
  3. Join us for a fiesta taco bar

Friday August 2

  1. Tour the station – see the changes
  2. Geologic trip to Pole Canyon
  3. Lunch
  4. Cultural trip (pending) either Virginia City or Butte History tour
  5. Photo Project - Mementoes
  6. Attend lectures
  7. Explore the area
  8. Hog Roast – It wouldn’t be the field station without one.
  9. New! Astronomy – view the night skies

Saturday August 3

  1. Tour the station – see the changes
  2. Geologic trip to Highway 2
  3. Lunch
  4. Cultural trip (pending) either Virginia City or Butte History tour
  5. Storytelling project continues
  6. Attend lectures
  7. Explore the area
  8. Evening anniversary dinner
  9. New! Astronomy – view the night skies

Sunday August 4

  1. Check-out and departure

Independently explore area attractions such as museums, water sports, tours and more

explore the area

before you travel, learn more about the southwest Montana region
and local attractions

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contact information

department of earth and atmospheric sciences
indiana university
1001 e. 10th st. bloomington in 47405

phone: 812-855-1475

email: iugfs@indiana.edu

field station address:
633 s. boulder road, cardwell, montana 59721
phone: 406-287-3323