In 1937 the "Gourd Society of America" was founded by Mr. Sterling Pool of Rockport, Massachusetts. In 1970 the society was moved to Ohio and renamed The American Gourd Society. Today, AGS has over 4,000 members and acts as the unifying body for 26 state chapters. States chapters are chartered in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin..
The American Gourd Society, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and instruction of those persons who are interested in the culture, uses, history, and/or crafting of gourds. There are a number of activities that AGS pursues to achieve these goals. The society publishes four issues a year of THE GOURD magazine for members. This publication is a vehicle for news and information about people, events, state Chapters, books, seeds, crafting and other gourd related subjects both domestic and foreign. AGS is the unifying body for all state
Chapters and provides a network of contacts for people and organization worldwide.
Each state chapter member is asked to support both AGS and their State Chapter. For national membership only, send $15.00 annual dues directly to AGS, Box 2186, Kokomo, IN 46904-2186