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Calendar of Events

  • 24

    West Suburban Lapidary Club Meeting

    1:00 pm-3:00 pm
    Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
    1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    Interested in the lapidary arts? Find out more at the WSLC meetings at the Museum. The Club will host a program each month, including presentations, demonstrations, and information on cutting and polishing stones! Programs to be announced.

    Club Meeting 1 p.m.
    Program @ 2 p.m. – 60 minute
    Teens to Adults Welcome
    Regular Museum Admission
    WSLC & Museum Members Free
    Register here

  • 02

    Dino Day

    10:00 am-4:00 pm
    Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
    1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    Drop-in and have fun with fossils and hands-on activities! See and touch real fossils, put together 3-D puzzles of dinosaurs, and make your very own fossil imprint to take home! “Say BONES,” a fossil-full version of the classic Bingo, will be offered throughout the day. A living history portrayal of Mary Anning, the first female fossilist, will also visit and discuss her life and times.

    On-going Activities – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – All Ages Welcome
    “Say Bones” Bingo – 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – Registration Required

    Mary Anning visits –12:00 & 2:00 p.m.

    $5 per child – Adults and Seniors Regular Admission – Museum Members Free

    On-going activities – All Ages Welcome
    “Say Bones” Bingo – 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. – Register here

    Mary Anning Visits – 12:00 & 2:00 p.m. – No Reservations Required
    $5.00 per Child, Adults & Seniors Regular Museum Admission– Museum Members Free

Special Exhibit
The Richard H. Driehaus Lapidary Collection
February 1, 2024 to May 31, 2024

Chicago philanthropist Richard Driehaus left a rich legacy of art objects to his Foundation. The Lizzadro Museum is the recipient of his lapidary collection including a variety of unique stone objects from around the world and two 19th century Roman micromosaics on loan.


Regular Museum Admission – Regular Museum Hours

Announcing the Lizzadro Musem’s new Executive Director, Dr. Kyle Brill

The Lizzadro Museum’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce Dr. Kyle Brill as the Museum’s new Executive Director. Dr. Brill will start on January 9, 2024. He succeeds Dorothy J. Asher, G.G. who will step down as Director on December 31, 2023, after nearly 36 years at the Museum. Mrs. Asher will remain on the Board of Directors and act as part-time curator to help with the transition. After a two-year search, we are proud to have this distinguished young man, Kyle Brill, lead the Museum into the next generation.

Kyle grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago, his parents were members of the Museum, and he was inspired to become a geologist while visiting the Museum as a child. Kyle received his B.A. in Geology and Spanish at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He then attended Michigan Technological University (MTU) in Houghton, Michigan and received his M.S. in Geology and Ph.D. in Geophysics.

While at MTU, Kyle served in the United States Peace Corps as part of the Masters International Program working on the Environmental Conservation and Income Generation Project in Guatemala. He gained experience in working with Guatemalan host agencies on volcano monitoring, municipal emergency action plans and several community projects. He wrote, received and managed a small project assistance grant to construct perimeter walls around a school compound from ecoladrillos (eco-bricks) made of compacted plastic refuse. He also managed academic groups and logistics for Guatemalan volcano investigations and successfully recruited students around the country to attend MTU.

During the Covid pandemic Kyle was a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York completing research projects and working with small groups of students on field geophysics. Since 2021, Kyle has been an Instructor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, teaching mineralogy and redesigning courses to attract and retain students while maintaining high academic standards.

He currently lives in the western suburbs with his wife and daughter. Kyle is excited to use his skills in new ways to promote the Lizzadro Museum, connect with new generations, and ensure the next phase of stewardship.

Please join us on Sunday, March 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to meet Dr. Kyle Brill and see his presentation at 1:00 p.m.

Thank you to all our members and generous donations received this year!
We are ever grateful for your contributions to continue the Museum’s unique mission.
Warmest wishes this Holiday Season, and in the New Year!

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