The Maryland Geological Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, study, and display of all aspects of the geological sciences. Members include amateur and professional fossil and mineral collectors. Membership is open to all.

The club meets at the Community Center in Bowie, Maryland, on the third Sunday of every other month, beginning in January. Visitors are welcome!

What's Hot

  • The 16th Annual MGS Auction, held on Sunday, September 16, was a great deal of fun with some spirited bidding on various attractive and sometimes rare specimens of animal and plant fossils, minerals, artifacts, equipment, and books. MGS Vice President Eric Seifter (seen below) ably served as auctioneer.

    Among other items auctioned off were the following spectacular items: a mastodon tooth, a Cretaceous fish tail and vertebrae, and an Otodus shark tooth in matrix. Each of these is seen below.

    A montage of pictures from the auction appears on the MGS Gallery Page.

  • Rick Smith, editor of the MGS newsletter The Rostrum, was recently inducted into the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies' Bulletin Editors Hall of Fame. Kudos, Rick.

Next Meeting

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Meeting runs from 11 am to 3 pm
at the Bowie Community Center,
3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715

Directions to the Center can be found
under the Activities tab above
or at this link.

Holiday Party and Election of Officers

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA

Shows & Related Events

A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar.

Selected shows and related events are listed below:
  • September 22 - Dr. Mary Schweitzer speaks on soft-tissue preservation in the fossil record at the Calvert Marine Museum. More information on this lecture free to the public can be found here.

  • September 22 and 23 - Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show presented by the Gem Cutters Guild. More information on this show at the Howard County Fairgrounds can be found here.

  • November 17 and 18 - Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show presented by the Northern Virginia Mineral Club. More information on this show at the George Mason University campus can be found here.

Next Trips

MGS members are invited to participate in trips in the next several months hosted by the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club. Information on these trips, including locations, dates, and how to sign up, is on the MGS Trips page.

MGS Members Contribute to Calvert Marine Museum's Dinosaurs of Maryland Exhibit

The Calvert Marine Museum opened a new exhibit on April 6 titled "Dinosaurs of Maryland" which features, among other fossils, several on loan from MGS members Mike Folmer and Rick Smith. MGS member Flo Strean provided important financial support for this exhibit. The exhibit is on the Mezzanine Level of the museum and runs through the end of 2018.

Michael Hutchins

A selection of MGS newsletter articles written by MGS member Dr. Michael Hutchins, who passed away in early 2018, can be found here. Donations in his honor may be made to the Dr. Michael Hutchins Impact on Wildlife Fund.

Notable Quote

Paleontologist Bretton Kent at an MGS meeting:

Amateur collectors make paleontology possible.

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