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Established in 1851, the American Geographical Society is the oldest professional geographical organization in the United States. It is recognized world-wide as a pioneer in geographical research and education. The mission of the American Geographical Society is to link business, professional, and scholarly worlds in the creation and application of geographical knowledge and techniques to address economic, social, and environmental problems. The Society's work serves to increase geographical knowledge and the recognition of its importance in the contemporary world.
Through its landmark peer-reviewed publications, the Geographical Review and FOCUS on Geography journal, and through assorted consulting and lecture services, the AGS excels in presenting clearly and concisely relevant geographical information that can be understood by the general public as well as by professional geographers.
The AGS has been noted for pioneering work in exploration and cartography; for amassing the foremost geographical research library in the Western Hemisphere; and for research, mapping, and consulting services for government and business at the highest levels. The AGS also sponsors exciting travel programs around the globe, with special lectures by leading geographers.
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