MSDC Programs Now on YouTube!

by Betty Thompson, MSDC Co-website Manager with Casper Voogt

Nearly all of our Zoom programs since April 2021 are now available on YouTube. This effort is fully consistent with our overall MSDC mission of sharing knowledge and with the Board’s decisions to let Zoom and YouTube bring our excellent programs to more people. You also may subscribe to the YouTube channel by simply clicking the "Subscribe" button where indicated.

We all owe a lot of gratitude to Yury Kalish and Cindy Schmidtlein, past and present MSDC Vice Presidents, for finding and arranging for these great speakers. You can find the videos in many ways, including:

· On our YouTube channel:

· From a link on the green “Meetings & Events” block on our home page (bottom item):

· From individual program titles in the “Examples of Past Programs” on our website:

· Or put into your search engine the terms “YouTube Mineralogical Society of DC.”

Here’s what is available through June 2022 – just over a year since we started recording programs. For the missing months, the presenters preferred not to have their programs on YouTube.

April 2021 – “Minerals of Cornwall, England” – with Martin Held:

May 2021 – “Gemstones of Ancient Egypt” and “A Close-up Look at Gemstones of Ancient Egypt- with Derek Yoost:   and the close-up view at

June 2021 – “Michigan Copper: the Keweenaw Peninsula, Then and Now” - with James Hird:

November 2021 – “Trilobites: From Pre-Cambrian Oceans to West Virginia Collecting Sites” – with Casper Voogt:

December 2021 – “Smithsonite:  My Global Micromineral Collection & the Legacy of James Smithson” – with Kathy Hrechka:

January 2022 – “Hardrock Mining in Montana” – with Garrett Smith:

February 2022 – “The Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater and Its Blasted Fossils” – Dr. Lucy Edwards:

March 2022 – “Update on Field Research: Geology of the Oregon Cascades: a Mafic Lapillistone Deposit” – with Doug Robbins:

March 2022 – “A Bit of Adventure in Iceland, Island of Fire and Ice” – with Dan Teich:

May 2022 – “Iceland Sunstones in Viking Navigation:  Saga and Science” – with Dr. Jennifer Bartlett:

June 2022 – "Volcanology of the Oregon Cascades" – with Dr. Richard Tollo:

June 2022 – "Texas Panhandle sinkholes: Geological Analysis of Wind Sinks and Boehmer Lake" – with Gwen Loeber:

October 2022 – "Silver:  Born of Cataclysmic Events and Brought to Us by Improbable Happenings" with Patrick Rowe: