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!

Some Highlights of the May Meeting

  • Gene Hartstein gave a well-received talk to the joint MGS and American Fossil Federation meeting about the fossil flora and fauna that has been found at Mazon Creek (Illinois). Located just 54 miles from downtown Chicago, this 300-million-year-old, Pennsylvanian (Late Carboniferous Period) lagerstatte has yielded a wealth of beautifully preserved fossils. These fossils are found inside siderite concretions. The photos below show Gene and a few of his impressive slides depicting various Mazon Creek fossils. A few more photos from the May meeting featuring Mazon Creek fossils in MGS member Mel Hurd's collection can be found on the MGS Gallery page.

In Memoriam

It is with great sadness that we note the recent passing of Richard ("Dick") W. Grier, Sr. at the age of 97. In 1991, Dick, Sr. was one of the founding members of the Maryland Geological Society and, for many years, worked tirelessly to build and sustain the club. He joined his sons Dick, Jr., and Bob (who predeceased him) in vigorously promoting the paleontological and geological sciences.

The MGS memories of Dick, Sr. are many and cherished whether of him as father, collector, club officer, auctioneer at the MGS annual auction, or passionate advocate for the club. He will be sorely missed.

Next Meeting

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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 Meetings & Trips tab above
or at this link.

Speaker and Topic: TBA

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA

Volume 25 (2016) Of The MGS Newsletter Now On The Website

Visit The Rostrum Selected Past Issues page. We upload the issues from every fifth year's volume of The Rostrum. If you're not a member, take a look at one of the most important benefits of club membership. As a member, the newsletter is delivered to your email box six times a year, full of news about past and future club events, and articles about minerals and fossils.

Next Trips

None currently scheduled.. Information and policies regarding MGS field trips can be found on the Upcoming Trips page.

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.

Southern Maryland Rock and Mineral Club hosts 2017 EFMLS Potluck Picnic and Rock Swap/Sale on June 17 at Gilbert Run Recreational Park in Charlotte Hall, MD. All Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapiday Societies' clubs (members and families) are invited. For more information, visit the SMRMC website.

Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore hosts its 53rd Annual Atlantic Coast Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show on September 23-24 at Howard County (MD) Fairgrounds. More information here.

Paleontological Society Membership

The Paleontological Society now has a membership category for amateur and avocational paleontologists beginning in 2017. The discounted annual fee is $30 and carries with it all of the benefits of regular membership, including online access to The Society's two journals. Member benefits are outlined here. You can join online or via a paper form here. The Society President Arnie Miller invites your questions about this membership category at

FOSSIL Project

The FOSSIL Project, sponsored by the Florida Museum of Natural History and funded by the National Science Foundation, is networking amateur and professional paleontologists and their organizations. Its Spring 2017 newsletter can be downloaded here.

Notable Quote

Paleontologist Bretton Kent at an MGS meeting:

Amateur collectors make paleontology possible.

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