generally meets the third Wednesday of each month, August through May.
We now meet in Penn State's Earth and Engineering Sciences Building, on White Course Drive off North Atherton Street.
See driving directions and campus maps.
All are welcome to attend our meetings!
Parents must provide supervision of minors.
Mineral collectors and rockhounds, earth scientists and dinosaur lovers will all enjoy our activities.
FEBRUARY Meeting: Room 113 IST Building
February 15th meeting:
at Fort Roberdeau
by George Pedlow
Our February meeting will be held Wednesday the 15th; NOTE THE LOCATION: same as last month, Room 113 Information Sciences & Technology (IST) Building (which bridges North Atherton St.) on the west side of the Penn State campus in State College, PA. From our usual parking lot, it is the building to the left of Earth & Engineering Sciences Building (EESB). The room is on the ground floor, accessible from either the end door facing EESB or the main door at the corner of the parking lot near Atherton St. Parking in that lot next to IST Building is free after 5:00 p.m. Maps are available on our web site.
6:45 to 7:45 p.m.: Social hour, refreshments in the hallway
7:45 to 8:00 p.m.: announcements, questions, answers
about 8:00 p.m.: featured program
The event has free admission, free parking, and free refreshments, and is open to all; parents/guardians must provide supervision of minors. Bring your friends and share an interesting evening!
Revolutionary War Fort Roberdeau, northeast of Altoona in Sinking Valley, is the "Lead Mine Fort." Because of later exploration, regrading, farming, etc., the location of the original prospects and excavations has been unclear for many decades. Through the use of old maps and today's satellite images and Google Earth, George Pedlow has found some answers. Some new investigation of the lead deposit itself is also being done. Please join us to hear what's new!
Learn more about Fort Roberdeau and events held there at the web site www.fortroberdeau.org and Facebook page www.facebook.com/ftroberdeau.
For additional current news see our NMS Bulletin (link at top of sidebar at left).
DRIVING DIRECTIONS and PARKING for Earth & Engineering Sciences Building meetings on the Penn State campus (NOT Minerals Junior Ed. Day): After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, free parking is available immediately across the street from the building. From North Atherton St. (Business Rt. 322) between College Avenue and Park Avenue, turn west (toward the golf course) off North Atherton at the traffic signal marked "White Course Drive." Go past the parking attendant's booth, follow the curve to the left, then turn right into the parking lot before reaching the stop sign. The building entrance is a little beyond the center of the lot, at the two round concrete planters. Enter the building, then go all the way across the lobby for our social hour & meeting room. We have a simple map at http://www.nittanymineral.org/EESBmap.jpg. For official campus maps see http://www.geog.psu.edu/print-campus-maps .
NMS now has T-shirts in two new colors.
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
2016: CELESTINE is under consideration for Pennsylvania State Mineral
Collecting crystals in a quarry
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!