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Faces of Eternity


Rock & Mineral Identification

Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals thorough basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for teachers and rockhounds, this program qualifies for Boy & Girl Scout merit badges. All materials are provided. Scout groups require adult supervision.

Activity - Ages 8 yrs. to Adult – 10:30 a.m. - 75 minutes
Saturday Classes: October 18, November 15, December 6
Admission: $5.00 per person, Museum Members: $3.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

October 18
Knot Those Pearls

Pat Koko of the West Suburban Lapidary Club teaches knotting techniques used in necklaces & bracelets. Instruction includes: discussion of beading techniques, use of tools, beads, clasp and string. All materials included. Necessary tools will be available to share to complete the project. Complete a single strand faux pearl bracelet to take home.

Workshop - Ages 15 yrs. to adult – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $30.00 per person, Museum Members $25.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

October 26
“Earth’s Early Fossils – Nature’s Experiments”

The earliest soft-bodied animals of Earth evolved in the preCambrian Era during the Ediacaran Period when the entire planet was largely frozen over. The worm-like animals, fronds, disks, and other oddities bear little resemblance to modern animals. Biologist, Donald Baumgartner presents this amazing part of the Earth’s history. A variety of Ediacaran fossils will be available for viewing and for sale.

Sunday Lecture - Youth to Adult – 60 minutes – 2 p.m.
Regular Museum Admission – Museum Members Free
Reservations Recommended: (630) 833-1616




November 2
Modern Gem Carving

Lapidary artist Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio will demonstrate his process and technique for carving gemstones. His lecture will include the inspiration for creating a series of carved objects including the “Faces of Eternity” collection of skulls. Learn about his collaborative effort with his sister, a jewelry designer & metalsmith, and the survival of their family run lapidary business.

Sunday Demonstrations: 1 p.m. & 3 p.m., Lecture: 2 p.m.
Youth to Adult
Admission: $10.00 per person, Museum Members Free

lap day

November 22
Lapidary Day

See demonstrations by artists from the West Suburban Lapidary Club including: beading, silversmithing, cabochon cutting, wire wrapping and faceting. Free hands-on activities and jewelry cleaning. The event is great way to see the Museum and learn more about lapidary art.

Saturday Event – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All Ages - Free Admission

December 6
Create A Gem Tree

Lapidaries Bill and Lois Zima of the DesPlaines Valley Geologial Society teach how to create a small tree using gemstones and wire. These beautiful trees never need water and make a great gift.

Activity- Ages 9 yrs. to Adult – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $25.00 per person, Museum Members: $20.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

holiday sale
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