Calendar and Meetings

Upcoming Meetings, Field Trips, and Mineral Events:

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

MSDC Calendar

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

  • First Wednesday except July and August. In 2019: Jan. 2 (different location, see below), Feb. 6, Mar. 6, April 3, May 1, June 5, Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6. December time and place may vary.

  • Meet at 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. Take Metro, or use kiosk or free ParkMobile app to pay for parking on Constitution Avenue after 6:30 PM. Parking (possibly cheaper) is also available 6 on other streets and National Mall. NO parking in the museum lot due to construction through 2025.  If not at the Smithsonian:  meet at 7:30 at District Veterinary Hospital (downstairs - elevator), 240 - 10th Street SE, Washington, DC  20003.  

  • Upcoming topics:

    • Wed,, March 6 -- Pegmatites - Mike Wise, Mineral Sciences Department, Smithsonian Institution


      Wed., April 3 -- The Many Faces of Fluorite - Herwig Pelckmans


      Wed., May 1 -- Recent Smithsonian Mineral Acquisitions - Dr. Jeffrey Post, Chair of Mineral Sciences Department and Curator of Gems and Minerals at the Smithsonian Institution


      Wed., June 5 -- Dr. Cindy Kearns

      (Feb. 6 - Goodyear Meets the Mad Hatter – Tim Rose of the Smithsonian Mineral Sciences Department)

    • More info via thompson01 at erols .com

  • Past MSDC programs – Sample our variety and quality

MSDC Planned Events

  • No date yet -- Behind-the-scenes tour of new mineralogical research technology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Mineral Sciences Department.

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)
  • $425 per person for room, board, classes, lectures in 2018
    • 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.
  • Example:  Spring 2018: May 21-27
    • Hands-on classes in beading, cabochons, faceting, gemology, gem trees, mineral identification, silversmithing, soapstone carving
    • Speaker in residence: Helen Serras-Herman, gem sculptor and autor
  • Example:  Fall 2018:  Sept. 3-9
    • Speaker in residence: Alfredo Petrov, explorer, raconteur, mineral dealer
    • Hands-on classes in electro-etching, loops and loop chains, silversmithing, chasing and repousse, geology I and II, wirewrapping
  • Registration starts early in 2019. Wildacres is a great experience.


Shows and Events of Special Interest

We'll update this list soon for 2019.  The club websites are a great source in the meantime.

April 4-8, 2018 – Annual convention of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AmFed or AFMS) and the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, hosted by the Tar Heel Gem and Mineral Society, at its annual show, Raleigh, NC. See page 3 of the EFMLS newsletter for info.

April 6-7, 2018 – Atlantic Micromounters Conference, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria,
​6055 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22303

April 19-22, 2018 – Annual Rochester Mineralogical Symposium, Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport, 175 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623, hosted by the Rochester Academy of Science

April 21, 2018 - Annual Super Dig and mine tours at Sterling Hill Museum and Mine, 30 Plant Street, Ogdensberg, NJ

May 2018 – Chesapeake Gem and Mineral Society’s Annual Gem and Mineral Show, Ruhl Armory, Towson, MD

Sept. 14-18 -- Denver Gem and Mineral Show, Expo Hall of the Denver Mart, Denver, CO

Nov. 17-18, 2018 - Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show sponsored by the Northern Virginia Mineral Club. NEW LOCATION: George Mason University Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, Braddock Rd & Rte 123; Fairfax, VA.

Full list of Eastern Federation shows