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Now through March 31: The Conifer Historical Society hosts a special exhibit on “Mining in Jefferson County” at Conifer’s “Little White School House” meeting place at 26951 Barkley Road, Conifer.  The exhibit will be open (no admission charge; donations accepted) just one day a week, every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The exhibit/display are really superb and I'm sure you will enjoy seeing it! Two special programs will be presented in conjunction with the exhibit; admission to each program will be $8/$10 for members/nonmembers:

Sun., Feb. 10, 1:00 p.m., How the 1859 Gold Rush put Colorado on the map, by Wes Brown

Sun. Mar. 10, 1:00 p.m., Frontier mining methods, by Ed Raines

In addition, there will be a special “Bring your favorite rocks and minerals” (and a School of Mines geology student will identify them) day, Sunday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; no charge to come.

For more information about the Historical Society and the exhibit, or to make reservations to attend the lectures, see .  See the attached flier about the exhibit + special lectures.


Tues., Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., at the monthly meeting of the Rocky Mountain Map Society, “Colorado: A Historical Atlas, and Color-Oddities”, by Dr. Thomas J. Noel. At Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room; the meeting is free and open to the public. From the RMMS: "Don't miss Tom "Dr. Colorado" Noel's presentation on his book Colorado: A Historical Atlas.  His book maps 90 chapters of Colorado history from Mesa Verde to the present. Tom will also share with us Color-Oddities: Strangest Things about the Highest State. Tom is a professor of history at CU-Denver.  He has authored or contributed to 53 books, and is a former longtime Sunday columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post.  He appears regularly as Dr. Colorado on Channel 9's Colorado & Company. Copies of Colorado: A Historical Atlas will be available for you to acquire a signed copy. For more information about Tom, see ; about the RMMS, see


Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m., New exhibit opening at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, “Underground Mine Lighting,” beginning at 7pm with a lecture by Joe Samek of the Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety, part of Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources, “Our Report Card in Mining” (Safety in the mining industry). See .


Thurs., Feb. 21, 7:00 p.m., Ken Balleweg (Consulting Geologist), “The Beulah marble: Ornamental stones of Colorado”, and Don McGurk (Rocky Mountain Map Society), "Geographies Unrealized, The Story of Four Cartographic Myths of  North America." Monthly meeting of the Colorado Scientific Society, Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood; all are welcome; social time & refreshments at 6:30, meeting at 7:00.


Fri.-Sat.-Sun., Feb. 22-24, Denver Gem & Mineral Guild Jewelry, Gem, and Mineral Show, Jefferson County Fair Grounds, 15200 W. 6th Ave., Golden, CO. Free parking & free admission; hours 10-6 Fri. & Sat., 10-5 Sun.


Fri., Mar. 1, 3:00-4:00 p.m., The origins of C4 photosynthesis: A fossil dilemma, an evolutionary hypothesis, and (possible) isotopic tests, by Boz Wing (CU Boulder).  Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Earth Science Colloquium Series; VIP Room, DMNS, all are welcome, no charge, museum admission not required. Seminars in this series are given once or twice a month; always at 3 p.m., date and day of the week vary.


Sat., Mar. 2, 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mineral and Book Sale at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, 1310 Maple St., Golden. Public sale opens at 10 a.m.; advance sale for Friends of the Museum members only, 8 to 10 a.m. (“Drop by and become a member!”).


Tues., Mar. 12, 7:00 p.m., WMMI Speakers' Bureau Lecture: Ben Elick, "Repeat Photography of the Pikes Peak Region". Admission $5, free to WMMI members.


Sat., Mar. 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Family Science Day at Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Colorado Springs. Regular admission rates apply; see


Thurs., Mar. 21, 7:00 p.m., “A Cook's Tour of Colorado's Glacial Landscape” by Dr. Vince Matthews.  Monthly meeting of the Colorado Scientific Society, Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood; all are welcome.


Fri.-Sat.-Sun., Mar. 22-24, Fort Collins Gem & Mineral Show; at Thomas M. McKee Building, at The Ranch/Larimer County Fairgrounds, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO (I-25 exit 259); hours 4-8 Fri., 9-6 Sat., 10-5 Sun. Sponsored by the Fort Collins Rockhounds Club.


Sat.-Sun., Mar. 23-24, WIPS (Western Interior Paletontological Society) semi-annual Founders Symposium, “Lagerstätten: Exceptional Preservation, Extraordinary Fossils”. To be held at Lowry Conference Center, 1061 Akron Way, Denver.  Two days of lectures, educational exhibits, displays of fossils, paleo art show and sale with over a dozen artists. See .


Apr. 2-11, geologist Lew Kleinhans is leading a 9-Day Grand Canyon Geology float trip from April 2-11 which has between 5 and 10 spaces remaining.  This is scheduled at a time few get to float the river and generally is more attractive to the more adventurous adventurers, owing to variable temperatures (generally between 55 and 85); i.e., great hiking, fishing, sleeping, and occasional swimming weather and lots of wildflowers. For more info, please contact Lew, , or write to me ( ) and I’ll forward you a flier about the trip.


Fri.-Sat.-Sun., Apr. 12-14, Colorado Mineral and Fossil Spring Show, Crown Plaza Hotel /Convention Center, 15500 E 40th Ave., Denver, Colorado, 10-6 Fri. & Sat., 10-5 Sun., free parking & admission.


Sun., May 19, Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter, Silent (+Vocal) Auction.  Noon to 4 p.m., Clements Community Center, 1580 Yarrow St., Lakewood CO.  All are welcome to attend.


Fri.-Sat.-Sun., May 31-June 2Pikes Peak Gem & Mineral Show, Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80905. Sponsored by the Colorado Springs Mineralogical Society.


For more lecture series during the year see:

Colorado Beer Talks (2nd Tuesday, 6-8 p.m.), Windy Saddle Café, 1110 Washington Avenue, Golden, “Golden’s grassroots version of TED talks, Expand your mind with a beer in your hand”,

Colorado Café Scientifique in Denver, monthly lectures on science topics held either at Blake Street Station or Brooklyn’s, Denver; open to the public, no charge other than refreshments you may choose to purchase; see .

Colorado Scientific Society (3rd Thursday, 7 p.m.), see . Meets at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO, except when noted.

CU Geological Science Colloquium (Wednesdays, 4 p.m.) see

CSU Dept. of Geoscience Seminars (Fridays, 4 p.m.), see

Van Tuyl Lecture Series, Colorado School of Mines, (Thursdays, 4 p.m.):

Denver Mining Club (Mondays, 11:30), see .

Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Earth Science Colloquium series, 3:00-4:00 p.m., VIP Room unless noted, day of the week varies. Museum admission is not required; see

Denver Region Exploration Geologists Society (DREGS; 1st Monday, 7 p.m.),

Florissant Scientific Society (FSS); meets monthly in various Front Range locations for a lecture or field trip; meeting locations vary, normally on Sundays at noon; all interested persons are welcome to attend the meetings and trips; see for details and schedules.

Nerd Night Denver is a theater-style evening featuring usually 3 short (20-minute) TED-style talks on science or related topics; held more-or-less monthly at the Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave., Denver; drinks are available; for ages 18+.  Admission is $6 online in advance, $10 at the door. See .

Rocky Mountain Map Society (RMMS; Denver Public Library, Gates Room, 3rd Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.),

Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS); beginning January, 2019, WIPS will meet on the 1st Monday of the month, 7 p.m., at Lowry Conference Center,1061 Akron Way, Denver;

Thanks to Peter J. Modreski for keeping us up to date!
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