Photographs and text by Dan Snow
Photographs and text by Dan Snow
Show-Me Rockhounds – show-off some of their activities and display specimens of rocks and minerals. Credit for the display and arrangement goes to Steve. He put together two very nice posters showing some club activities including wire wrapping, field trips and related photos of interest. One poster asks it you might be a rockhound. All specimens are from Steve’s and other members collections. What a great variety! Something for everyone. Photos by Connie Snow
Here’s a coupon for $1 off admission to the show. While you’re there, don’t miss the special fluorescent minerals display by Dan and Connie Snow, members of Show-Me Rockhounds.
As you know, our next meeting is Saturday, October 20 at the Sutton Geosciences Museum, Flarsheim Hall, Room 271, at UMKC. Please be aware that on that day they are having the Kansas City Marathon from 7:00am-1:00pm and there will be multiple road closures, so allow extra time to arrive. A map of the marathon route is here.
Additionally, I am very sorry I haven’t updated the website in 8 months. Please reach out if you are a club member and are interested in helping to run the website.
MCC-Maple Woods: All That Glitters Isn’t Gold
Many minerals with a golden hue actually have no gold in them whatsoever, and this display contain examples of many. But don’t be fooled! All that glitters may not be gold, but no matter what it, it is still amazing!
University of Kansas-Vertebrate Paleontology: Dinosaurs from Montana
Booth/exhibit will feature some nice casts of dinosaur skulls and bones.
University of Kansas-Invertebrate Paleontology:There will be a sandbox with invertebrate fossils for children to hunt through as well as information about the fossils they find.
University of Kansas-Invertebrate Paleontology: Fossils from the middle Cambrian
Display of a variety of interesting and rare middle Cambrian fossils
University of Missouri-Kansas City: Specimens from UMKC’s Sutton Museum of Geosciences
A display of excellent specimen’s from the UMKC museum
Northwest Missouri State University: Student Field Experiences
The showcase features mineral and rock samples collected by students during departmental field trips over the past year. Samples were collected at sites in southeastern Missouri, Minnesota, and the Colorado Plateau region.
University of Kansas-Paleobotany Department: Pennsylvanian Plants of the Midwest
An exhibit of various 300 million year old plant fossils, many found locally.
Washburn University: Bill Boltze Lake Superior Agate Collection and the Washburn meteor
Exhibit will feature a collection of agates found in the glacial deposits in and around Topeka, KS and a 29 lb. nickel-iron meteor that is 1/4 of one found in Chile in 1875.
Adult Door Prizes
#1 Pendant created by artist Marv Dahmen. Valued at $55 (I think it might be more valuable than that -ed.)
#2 Polychrome jasper from Madagascar. 6 1/2″ tall and weighing 5 1/2 lb. Valued at $100
#3 Large trilobite from Morocco. 16″ long. Valued at $250
Kids’ Door Prizes
#1 Bismuth specimen. 2 1/2″ X 2 1/2″.
Valued at $65
#2 Sphalerite and marcasite specimen from Potosi, MO. 6″ X 7″. Valued at $75
#3 Rock Tumbler. Valued at $60
Don’t miss these special exhibits at the Gem Show March 9-11, 2018.
FAMOUS ROCK FOOD TABLE – Presented by the East Texas Gem and Mineral Society
An amazing meal featuring rocks and minerals that mimic food items. Hosts for the meal will be Kinney and Vicky Polve.
MR. BONES – Tim Seeber; Louisville, CO
Once again the Kansas City Gem & Mineral show is proud to present Tim and his friendly dinosaur puppets. They can be seen wandering the floor during show hours. Beware or you will be eaten!
MISSOURI MINES STATE HISTORIC SITE – Art Hebrank; Park Hills, MO
A display of minerals from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Museum.
CALCITE: A MINERAL OF MANY FORMS – Dr. Charles Spencer, Lees Summit, MO; Ken Stalder, De Soto, KS; and Bruce Stinemetz, Independence, MO
A display featuring the many forms and colors of calcites from around the world.
THE ART OF FLINT KNAPPING – Demonstrations by various local artists
Flint knapping is the art of shaping rocks such as flint and chert into weapons and tools. Demonstrations will be given continuously throughout the Show.
WALK THROUGH STORY BOOK – Judy Oetting; Levasy, MO
A geological experience geared to the younger set, but of interest to everyone.
A HISTORY OF MINE LIGHTING – Marv Dahmen; Carl Junction, MO
A display of the equipment miners have used to illuminate their work area over the years.
PHOSPHATES AND ARSENATES – Friends of Mineralogy, Mississippi Valley Chapter
A display of mineral specimens containing the phosphate (PO4) or arsenate (AsO4) group. These minerals tend to be somewhat rare and are frequently brightly colored.
The Association has some scholarships for college students who have completed at least their sophomore year and are legal residents of the United States and studying for a degree in Earth Science related fields. The awards ranging from $250.00 to $1,000.00 each can be applied toward tuition or loans at an accredited college or university in Kansas or Missouri. There are also research grants for graduate students.
The Scholarship Committee will select finalists from applications received by the end of February each year. Applicants are asked to provide the following:
Finalists will be notified by March 2, 2018 and will be requested to attend the Saturday Night Auction on March 10, 2018 at 7:15 P.M. to receive their scholarship.
To enter, mail the requested materials to Molly Stinemetz. Applications must be received by Monday, February 26, 2018. No email applications will be accepted.
The 2018 Spring Gem and Mineral Show in Kansas City is coming soon! Here’s a flyer in PDF format in case you want to print one, and here’s the coupon as promised.