Our Monthly Meetings
WHERE: The MSDC holds
monthly meetings at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum located
at 10th and Constitution Ave., NW on the National Mall in Washington,
DC. We meet in the Waldo Schmitt Room.
WHEN: September through
June, on the first Wednesday of each month, we meet at 7:45 pm sharp
in the lobby of the National Museum of Natural History main entrance
at 10th and Constitution Ave. Parking is free after 6:30 p.m. For
security purposes, access to the meetings is gained only through
a museum guard, so you won’t want to be late.
Dates for the 2005 MSDC Wednesday Eve. meetings:
January 5 / February 2 / March 2 / April 6 / May
June 1 / September 7 / October 5 / November 2 /
WHY ATTEND: Feed
your curiosity. To find out about the specific topic of the monthly
meeting’s presentation, enquire via email at email@example.com
or call 301-270-6790 (evenings).
HOW: To find out
if our MSDC club is of interest to you, review our program’s
track record, namely the list of previous presentation topics. All
presenters are experts in their field but remember, our members
include novices as well.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Most of our speakers are experts in specific areas of geology. Many
are on the staff of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum or have
professional backgrounds which are steeped in personal experiences
pertaining to their presentation topic. Their clarity and stories
make their presentations accessible to both amateurs and experienced
Topic for January 5, 2005 meeting
Tim Rose, MS, of the Mineral Department of the Smithsonian National
Museum of Natural History will speak on: "Rock collecting at
the four corners of theWestern Hemisphere: the cardinal direction
markers of the National Museum of the American Indian"
For the MSDC 5 January 2005 club meeting, meet at 7:45 pm in the
lobby of the Smithsonian’s Natural History museum and proceed
to the Waldo Schmitt Room. There, Tim Rose, of the NMNH Mineralogy
Department, will present an illustrated lecture on the four Cardinal
Direction Marker stones which point to the heart of the new museum
of the American Indian. Tim was intimately involved with the collection
and delivery of three of these four stones and will share with us
the inside story.
For background information, click on the following Smithsonian
website and scroll down to the end of the file to read a brief explanation
of the “Cardinal Direction Markers”:
To see a photo of the 2,000 pound northwest stone, from the oldest
known stone material on earth, go to the following website and scroll
down to “Cardinal Marker” http://www.canadianembassy.org/artsculture/nmai-en.asp
It should be a fascinating evening. Please join us.
RECENT SPEAKERS HAVE INCLUDED:
Geologists, volcanologists, museum curators, lab directors, micro-mineralogists,
specialists in selected families of minerals, jewelry artists, photographers
and collectors familiar with mineral sites throughout the U.S. and
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