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, usually on the third Sunday of every other month, beginning in March. Please check the club calendar. Visitors are always welcome!

Latest Club News

Next MGS Meeting Is March 15, 2020.

There will be no January meeting and no January issue of The Rostrum.

Officers for 2020.

At the November meeting, the club elected the following officers for 2020:
  • Rick Smith: President
  • Eric Seifter: Vice President
  • Rob King: Treasurer
  • Marci Robinson: Secretary
Also, Dave Andersen was elected to the club's board of directors, replacing Mel Hurd.

Gary Lohman stepped down as president after a half decade of service in that position on behalf of the club. Thank you, Gary, very much.

**Mel Hurd, MGS Life Member and Past President, Has Passed Away**

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 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.

Seen at the November, 2019, Meeting

During the meeting, Junior Member Trevor enthusiastically described his experiences at a paleontology summer camp held at Stratford Hall (VA). He also displayed the various fossil treasures he found during his week at camp.

The Gallery page features fossils brought to the November meeting by MGS member Mason Hintermeister, as well as recent finds by MGS member Tom Piscitelli.

Next Meeting

Sunday, March 15, 2020

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.

Speaker and Topic: TBA

Mineral of the Meeting: Sillimanite

This specimen of Sillimanite was found in Chester, CT. This image is reproduced with permission of Rob Lavinsky under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, and is available from Wikimedia Commons.

Shows & Related Events

A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar.

March 21-22, 2020 - The 56th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil Show will be hosted by the Gem, Lapidary, and Mineral Society Of Montgomery County, MD, at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Information on times, admission charges, vendors, and directions can be found here.


The MGS Trips page has information on policies regarding trips and details about any upcoming trips. MGS trips are restricted to members.

FOSSIL Project - Last Newsletter

For six years, the FOSSIL Project, sponsored by the Florida Museum of Natural History and funded by the National Science Foundation, has networked amateur and professional paleontologists and their organizations. The Project in its current incarnation is ending. Its Fall 2019 newsletter can be found here.

Notable Quote

Evolutionary biologist Keith Thomson:

Fossils give us an extended view of life itself, projecting life into a time dimension in which an anthropocentric viewpoint is meaningless.

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