Our next meeting is Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
Join us for a presentation by club member Fritz Moritz entitled Quarry Hill and Chrysoberyl Knoll: The Minerals and Quarries of Haddam, Connecticut.
In 1838, a traveler wrote that Haddam is “a place known all over civilized earth, for the richness and variety of its mineral productions”! A bold statement indeed, and in many ways it only got better. To show how its rocks and minerals made this little town so famous, this presentation explores 19th century literature, maps and personalities and uses modern maps and photos of quarries, stone, and fabulous mineral specimens to bring them to life. Well-known and recently documented localities are highlighted as are new finds from some long-dormant but reinvigorated places. Find out where the first chrysoberyl was found and solve the 200-year-old mystery of the first columbite locality. How are Haddam rocks connected to the infamous John Brown raid? And what the heck is the “Allen Vein” and why was it so important?
Our meeting begins at 7PM–we’ll start with a short business meeting, followed by refreshments, socializing, and a silent auction, and then our program. We meet in the dining room of the Bristol Senior Center, 240 Stafford Ave. in Bristol, Connecticut.
Hope to see you there!