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!
Latest Club News
The Maryland Geological Society mourns the death of Melville Emerson Hurd, Jr. who passed away on September 10. Mel was a life member of the club, a past president, and a long standing member of the club's board of directors. He was always willing to take on tasks important to the life of the club. Mel is seen in the picture below, taken at the club's 20th anniversary celebration which he organized.
**Mel Hurd, MGS Life Member and Past President, Has Passed Away**
Mel was the consummate fossil collector, particularly of Otodus shark teeth. Indeed, he was known as "Mr. Otodus." His obituary can be found here.
Mel, you were a colleague, a friend, a mentor, a leader. You will be missed.
The September meeting featured a spirited auction. Among the treasures auctioned off under the gavel of Eric Seifter were a fossil mammal bone from the Late Pleistocene (Eric is seen holding that bone in the first picture below), a dolphin skull in matrix found at the Lee Creek Mine, NC (Yorktown Formation, Pliocene), and a piece of fossilized Jurassic Araucaria wood.
17TH ANNUAL MGS AUCTION AT SEPTEMBER MEETING
Next MeetingSunday, November 17, 2019
Elections and Holiday Party.
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.
Mineral of the Meeting:TBA
At the July meeting, MGS newsletter editor Rick Smith announced awards that articles appearing in the 2018 issues of The Rostrum had received at the regional and national levels. Winners included Bob Farrar, Joy and Tom Piscitelli, Jim Stedman, and Flo Strean. More information on these awards and others earned by the newsletter back to 2002 can be found here.
Recent Newsletter Awards
A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar.
Shows & Related Events
Selected shows and related events are listed below:
Sept. 23, 2019 - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History provides an After Five program featuring Smithsonian scientists telling their personal stories of understanding the natural world. Fossils and meteorites are among the focal points of their stories. More information can be found here.
Sept. 28 & 29, 2019 - The 55th Annual Atlantic Coast Gem, Jewelry, & Fossil Show hosted by the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore will take place at the Howard County (MD) Fairgrounds. More information can be found here.
Oct. 11, 2019 - The Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Society auction at Westchester Community Center (2414 Westchester Ave., Oella, MD 21043). Auction features gems, minerals, and fossils. Viewing at 7:00 pm; auction at 7:30 pm. Directions can be found on the Society website.
The MGS Trips page has information on policies regarding trips and details about any upcoming trips. MGS trips are restricted to members.
The Geology and Vertebrate Paleontology of the Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, edited by Stephen J. Godfrey, offers detailed descriptions and stunning pictures of vertebrate fossils from the Cliffs. A PDF copy of the book is available here.
Smithsonian Publication about the Calvert Cliffs
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 Summer 2019 newsletter can be found here.
FOSSIL Project - Latest Newsletter
Pictures showing great specimens from members' collections can be seen on the MGS Gallery page. Check out the items displayed at the September meeting by new member Sean Hynes.
Paleontologist Bretton Kent at an MGS meeting:
Amateur collectors make paleontology possible.
The Maryland Geological Society is a member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
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