Prez Says...

by Ken Reynolds, MSDC President

Hello MSDC members; welcome to June!

It’s hard to believe it is already June and that we are moving so quickly into summer. Our club will be taking a summer break in July and August and will not have our regular meetings again until September.

In our time off I’m sure many of us will still continue with our hobby by going to mineral shows or perhaps collecting minerals and fossils ourselves. Another option that we have is to go visit the Smithsonian museum of Natural History! Yes that’s right – our own Smithsonian is up and running and fully open to the public after a long two-year shutdown due to Covid -19.

I recently paid a visit to the museum on one of our rainy days and had a fantastic visit!
I was dying to see this large quartz plate from Arkansas that Dr. Jeffrey Post described to us in his April Presentation to our club.

I could not believe the size and beauty of this beautiful quartz plate and it certainly catches the eye of everyone entering the museum from the Constitution avenue entrance to the museum. I remember Dr. Post saying that it was a favorite spot for people to take a selfie so I obliged.

It had been a long time since I visited the museum and I was anxious to get to the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals. My first stop was to see the Hope Diamond. I think my picture tells it all by the faces of the children seeing it for the first time!

Then on to look at the rest of the gems and minerals and some of my favorites. I have always loved copper and silver and they have some of the best in the world. One of my other favorite minerals is pyromorphite and they had spectacular ones from Idaho, Pennsylvania, and France!

This message wouldn't be complete if I didn't mention my favorite section – the fluorescent minerals from the Franklin and Sterling Hill deposits in New Jersey! I got interested in these minerals after a visit to the Smithsonian  some years ago.

It was so nice to be back amongst the minerals that I have grown to love and enjoy so much and we are so fortunate to have the Smithsonian museums so close to us. Maybe you will visit too on our summer break!

I hope we will be able to get back to meeting in person soon, but until then, I am looking forward to seeing everyone on June 1st for our scheduled Zoom meeting at 7:30 pm

Ken Reynolds, President MSDC