Madison Gem and Mineral Club

Rockhounding, Lapidary, Geology, Fossils, Paleontology, Metalsmithing...
Welcome to the Madison Gem & Mineral Club. Purpose: to promote & encourage the study of mineralogy, lapidary, gemology, paleontology, & other allied fields. 

Sunday, January 14 Field Trip:

Trip Details: Meet: 9:30 am Dutch Mill Park and Ride

Beloit College - Logan Museum of Anthropology

On Sunday, January 14, we will be heading to the Logan Museum of Anthropology at Beloit College. For those wanting more, we will continue to the Burpee Museum in Rockford, Illinois. Professor Bill Green, who spoke to the MG&MC last September, has agreed to open the museum to us for a special tour. The Logan Museum houses more than 300,000 artifacts from all over the world, and was one of the premier institutions in anthropology in the early twentieth century. The Burpee Museum in Rockford is housed in the Barnes Mansion built in 1893.
The Williams Fletcher Barnes house was built during a severe economic depression. It was one of the finest homes in Rockford, costing more than $30,000 at the time. A showplace with 15 rooms, a turret, two porticoes, and hand-carved solid cherry paneling in the foyer, reception area, and first floor hallway. The museum has been expanded on several occasions.

Leave: 10 am for Logan Museum
Arrive: 11 am Logan Museum
Leave: 1 pm for lunch and Burpee Museum, or Madison Arrive: 1:30+ Burpee Museum
Leave: Burpee Museum closes at 5 pm

We will meet at the Dutch Mill Park and Ride to determine carpooling; who rides with whom based on also visiting the Burpee Museum. Bring a sack lunch in case eating out doesn’t work out for your group. Both museums an\re internationally recognized leaders in their fields. Participation is highly encouraged. 


Introduction to Lapidary 
Taught by Nevin Franke:
Fall Session 1: (9/13-10/18/17) Register by 9/14/17.
Fall Session 2: (10/25-12/6) Register by 10/26/17.
Spring Session: (2/21-4/4/18)
Class times: Wednesdays 5:30pm to 9:15PM (ending at 9 for spring).

For more information about the classes and to register, please call 608-262-3156 or visit UW Mini Courses.


Monthly Meetings
The Madison Gem and Mineral Club has monthly meetings the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the AB20 Lecture Hall in Weeks Hall, UW Department of Geoscience. Meetings are free and open to  all.

Please check the Newsletters and Facebook for info about the next meeting and announcements. 

September meeting topic and summary: World Archaeology at the Logan Museum of Anthropology

The Logan Museum, founded in 1893, is one of two museums on the Beloit College campus. It houses more than 300,000 objects from 125 countries and over 600 cultural groups. Archaeological collections represent the entire span of human history. This presentation will review collections from selected parts of Africa, Europe, Asia, and North and South America. It will focus on the field expeditions that collected the objects as well as current research and educational uses of the collections.


Open Lab
Typically open lab is on Saturdays, broken into 2 shifts (per 4 hours: it is $5 for certified club members and $10 for non-members), 9AM to 1PM, & 1PM to 5PM. Please check our Facebook Page for cancellations, etc.

Dues are Due!
Annual Membership Rates: 
$15 for individual; $20 for family; $5 for junior up to age 17.
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Send dues to Treasurer (Rick Maske) at meetings or club address: 
Madison Gem & Mineral Club, 
P.O. Box 8882
Madison, Wi. 53708

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