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Calendar of Events
Faberge Figurative Carving
Modern carvings from the House of Faberge feature Russian folklore figures of the Kvass Seller, the Gypsy Fortune Teller and the Vagabond made of Russian gemstone materials.
October 2, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Doug Moore has been a rockhound for 61 years and Program Chair of the Heart of Wisconsin Gem and Mineral Society since 1983. He created eleven award-winning programs for the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and later served as Program Competition Chair for the organization. He has collected agates and thundereggs in Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, South Dakota and the Midwest, along with 31 agate-collecting trips to Germany. His microscope photos of agates have been winners in the Nikon Small World International Photomicrography Competition, including second place in 2016 among 2,000 entries from 70 countries. Moore is a retired academic staff and adjunct faculty member from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He will be presenting on a variety of agates and his time spent collecting and studying them on October 13th at 2 p.m.
The Jurassic Park saga has fascinated, excited, and entertained people around the world since 1993. The movies rekindled people’s interest in dinosaurs, dispelling many of the old myths, but propagating a few new ones. The movies motivated many budding scientists to become paleontologists and fostered museums to support a frenzy of new dinosaur discoveries.
On Jurassic Park’s 25th anniversary and five popular movies later, Donald Baumgartner will present a scientific critique of the series. What is true? What is wrong? What action scenes did not make sense? Donald will reveal the science and the movie magic. Following the lecture, he will explore the movies with quizzes about the cast and crew, scenes, famous quotes, and the dinosaurs. Win fossil prizes! Come prepared by watching all the movies again and join us on October 27th at 2 p.m. for this exciting new presentation!
Taiwan-born, Yvonne Liu Wolf is a native Chinese speaker educated in the US and Europe with a Masters in English Literature and Education. She is a licensed English and Chinese teacher and currently teaches Chinese at a Chicago suburban high school. Before moving from L.A. to Chicago, she was a human resources trainer for 10 years. She was an international exchange student in Denmark, worked as a a global language trainer in Japan, and has experience living abroad as an expat. She has extensive traveling experience having visited over 20 countries and visited more than 25 states of the US. She speaks English, Mandarin, and Danish and has studied Japanese, Spanish, and Greek. Yvonne serves as an Intercultural Consultant making Chinese culture understandable through intercultural communication. Yvonne is helping the Museum to further develop programs for high school and college students studying the Chinese language. She is excited to present a program on symbolism found in the Chinese carvings at the Museum on November 3rd at 2 p.m.
Poets & Patrons is a group of poets who encourage others to write and appreciate poetry. Founded in 1954, Poets & Patrons is dedicated to supporting poetry development in the Chicago area. It does this through sponsoring and hosting congenial, professional workshops at the Harold Washington Library; running an annual Chicagoland Poetry Contest with modest cash awards for multiple categories; holding an annual Awards Ceremony and facilitating Write! Chicago, featuring free writing and workshops at area museums and outdoor venues. Poets & Patrons is an excellent vehicle for defining your work, meeting with other fine poets for unique critiques, and exploring with others the power of well-crafted verse. Poets & Patrons will emcee and host the December 1st open-house performance program from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and invites teenage to adult poets to share their love of rocks and minerals through words.
Construction on the new Museum in Oak Brook is underway! When the Museum closes in Elmhurst we expect a down period before reopening in Oak Brook. We will continue sending you our e-newsletters and updates a s we move along in the process. There will be opportunities for naming rights of new exhibit cases and certain areas in the new building. If you are interested in donating, please contact the Museum for more information on how your contribution can be used in the new facility. I look forward to keeping in touch with our members and patrons in the coming months. We will be sending our Winter Calendar of programs and events in December. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.