Madison Gem and Mineral Club

Rockhounding, Lapidary, Geology, Fossils, Paleontology, Metalsmithing...
Welcome to the Madison Gem and Mineral Club. Our purpose is to promote & encourage the study of mineralogy, lapidary arts, gemology, paleontology, & other allied fields. 
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Link request from Ashley Huber, Ava, and their science and engineering program for their upcoming homemade invention fair: Learn how to make a battery!  

Dues are Due!
Dues are $12 for an individual; 
$16 for a family. 
Send dues to Treasurer (Rick Maske) at meetings or club address: 
Madison Gem & Mineral Club, 
P.O. Box 8882
Madison, Wi. 53708

Introduction to Lapidary 
Taught by Nevin Franke:
Session 1: 9/21/16-10/26/16 Register by 9/29/16
Class times: Wednesdays 5:15pm to 9:15PM.

For more information about the classes and to register, please call 608-262-3156 or visit UW Mini Courses.

Monthly Meetings
The Madison Gem and Mineral Club has monthly meetings the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the AB20 Lecture Hall in Weeks Hall, UW Department of Geoscience. Meetings are free and open to  all.

Please check the Newsletters and Facebook for info about the next meeting and announcements. 

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The locally-produced and Emmy Award-winning documentary film Mysteries of the Driftless is scheduled to be shown at a meeting of the Madison Gem and Mineral Club on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 starting at 7:00 p.m. in the AB20 Lecture Hall in Weeks Hall, UW Department of Geoscience. Executive producers Tim Jacobson and George Howe will be present for the screening to interact with the audience and answer questions. In addition, they will provide a sneak peek at their upcoming feature-length film Decoding the Driftless. The event is free and open to all.

Mysteries of the Driftless, a production of Mississippi Valley Conservancy and Untamed Science, features a team of explorers and scientists as they reveal the majesty and allure of the Driftless Area using a stunning combination of filmmaking and genuine adventure. The film was shot in southwest Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota, and northeast Iowa. In November 2014 its four producers, Tim Jacobson, George Howe, Rob Nelson and Dan Bertalan, earned an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Programs.”

The film has aired on PBS, and it has been an official selection at the Great Lakes Environmental Film Fest, Twin Cities Film Fest, Frozen River Film Festival, Oneota Film Festival, Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, Flyway Film Festival, Quad Cities Environmental Film Festival, and Driftless Film Festival. DVDs can be purchased from Mississippi Valley Conservancy and will be available during the screening.

Recently, executive producers George Howe and Tim Jacobson, along with Julia Henley of Driftless Notes magazine, formed the nonprofit organization Sustainable Driftless, Inc. which is working to produce a feature-length film about the Driftless Area. The mission of the group is to inspire resource conservation, vibrant communities, and sustainable growth in the region.

“The first film, as a documentary short, always was intended as a pilot,” said executive producer Tim Jacobson. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to produce a more complete and more spectacular film to showcase the beautiful and enchanted Driftless Region landscape to a wide spectrum of people.”

More info about Mysteries of the Driftless can be found hereInformation about the upcoming feature-length film, Decoding the Driftless is here.

Contact:   608.386.2563 Tim Jacobson, Executive Producer
or Rick ZweifelPresident of the Madison Gem and Mineral Club