Calendar and Meetings

Upcoming Meetings, Field Trips, and Mineral Events:

MSDC Calendar -- Other Nearby Meetings -- Wildacres -- Notable Mineral Shows and Events


MSDC Calendar

DC Mineral Society Rockathon! This Saturday!

When:  Saturday 9/23/17, 10 AM - 3 PM

Where:  The Fisher's garage at 14981 Gold Post Court, Centreville, VA 20121

What:  A rock, mineral, and book sale in the form we’ve enjoyed for years at James Madison University - no prices -  just come, look, pick out some books, rocks, and minerals and leave a donation.  Cynthia Payne donated most of the books. The rocks and minerals are from members and from members’ estates.

Why: To raise funds for a December anniversary party to celebrate our club’s 75th anniversary, and the 50th anniversary of the Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area

Please join us, visit with your friends, and take home some treasures!


MSDC Meetings – Already interested in minerals? Just curious? Visit our meetings anytime!

  • First Wednesday except July and August. December time and place may vary.

  • 7:30 pm in the Constitution Avenue lobby of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC. Be on time so a security officer can lead us to our room.

  • 2017 – monthly except July and August. Upcoming: Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3, June 7, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 8, Dec. TBD

  • Next meeting: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 -- Meet at 7:30 pm in the Constitution Avenue lobby. Robert Hutchins "Hutch" Brown will present a program on the geology of Theodore Roosevelt Island in the Potomac River.

  • Past MSDC programs – Sample our variety and quality

MSDC Planned and Tentative Events

  •  Behind-the-scenes tour of new mineralogical research technology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Mineral Sciences Department.

  • Mineral Day (Saturday afternoon, TBD) for children related to MSDC members at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale.

  • Summer 2017 – (Members only, not yet definite) Yellowstone working trip with Dr. Richard Tollo and his students from George Washington University.


Nearby Club Meetings



  • Annual Spring and Fall week-long learning vacations
  • Great experiences at a great price
  • Daily hands-on workshops led by experts
  • Daily lectures by accomplished speakers
  • Modern lodging and plenty of good food
  • On the Blue Ridge Parkway 40 miles north of Asheville, NC
  • Wide covered porch and patio overlooking Grandfather Mountain, full of rocking chairs and camaraderie
  • Sponsored by the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS)
  • $410 per person for room, board, classes, lectures
    • Possible additional fees for materials, depending on the class. These fees reflect only the instructor's direct costs.
    • Approximately 2/3 of the cost of attending Wildacres is generously underwritten by the Blumenthal Foundation.
  • Spring 2017: May 22-28
    • Hands-on classes in beading, cabochons, faceting, gemology, gem trees, mineral identification, silversmithing, soapstone carving
    • Speaker in residence: Bob Jones, Executive Editor of Rock & Gem Magazine
  • Fall 2017:  Sept. 4-10
    • Speaker in residence: Tim Morgan, gem and bead educator
    • Class schedule not yet final
  • Register now for either or both sessions. Wildacres is a great experience.


Shows and Events of Special Interest

Feb. 9-12, 2017 (and related events before and after) – 2017 annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, SMG-Tucson Convention Center and other locations, Tucson, Arizona

Mar. 18-19, 2017 – Gem, Lapidary, and Mineralogical Society of Montgomery County’s Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show, 10-6 Sat., 11-5 Sunday, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street,
Gaithersburg, MD

Mar. 31-Apr. 1, 2017 – Atlantic Micromounters Conference

April 20-23, 2017 – Annual Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport, 175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623, hosted by the Rochester Academy of Science

April 2017 on a Saturday - Annual Super Dig and mine tours at Sterling Hill Museum and Mine, 30 Plant Street, Ogdensberg, NJ

May 2017 – Chesapeake Gem and Mineral Society’s Annual Gem and Mineral Show, Ruhl Armory, Towson, MD

June 9-11, 2017 – Annual convention of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AmFed or AFMS), hosted by the Ventura Gem and Mineral Society at its annual show, Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Ventura Blvd., Ventura, CA

October 2017? – Annual convention of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS)

Full list of Eastern Federation shows