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Our Focus

MSDC is a non-profit educational organization.  Our big strengths are our great presentations, our curiosity about minerals and how the earth makes them, some very knowledgeable members who are happy to share their expertise, and the warm and welcoming camaraderie you'll enjoy at meetings.  We focus on minerals, gems, geology, fossils, and collecting. We support the advancement of mineralogy and geological sciences.

Our History:

MSDC was founded in 1942. For 78 years we've enjoyed a close relationship with mineral scientists and curators of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Some of them helped to found the club.

Smithsonian Mineral Sciences Department members continue to be MSDC speakers and friends. MSDC members also volunteer with the Mineral Science Department, either working behind the scenes or engaging with museum visitors. You can volunteer at NMNH, too.

MSDC Officers and Others:

  • President: Dave Henessey
  • Vice President: Yury Kalish
  • Secretary: Andy Thompson
  • Treasurer: John Weidner
  • Directors:  Dan Teich (through 12/31/2021), Ken Reynolds (through 12/31/2022), and Alex Venzke (through 12/31/2023)
  • Newsletter Editor:  Ken Rock
  • Hospitality Representatives: Ed and Susan Fisher and pretty much everybody
  • Webmasters: Casper Voogt and Betty Thompson

Want more info? Please email us at mineralclubdc at gmail dot com.

Website comments? Please contact Betty Thompson at bdthompson01 at yahoo dot com.

We are affiliated with the 
American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS)

We are a founding member of the 
Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS)