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DVPS History

History of the DVPS -Milestones/Events
June 1977Fossil enthusiasts meet at Academy of Natural Sciences (Phila., Pa.) to discuss forming a group.
August 1978Notification of first meeting sent out to museum members and fossil enthusiasts.
Sept. 1978First meeting held at Academy of Natural Sciences (Phila., Pa.).
January 1979First slate of officers elected.
June 1979First overnight fossil collecting trip (Madison County, NY)
1980First Fossil Fair was held at Academy of Natural Sciences (Phila., Pa.)

1981

DVPS incorporated as a non-profit entity.
May 1981DVPS newsletter contains masthead of skeleton of Mosasaur
Nov. 1981First trip to North Carolina's Lee Creek Mine was made.
1981-82Concept of a DVPS Journal formulated.
1982Mosasaur Volume I published.

1983

DVPS makes first contribution to paleontological endeavor (Dodson's dinosaur).

1984

Mosasaur Volume II.

1985

Joint trip with Calvert Marine Museum to Swatara Gap, Pa.

1986

Mosasaur Volume III

1988

10th Year, 5 Presidents to date, 8th Annual Fossil Fair

1989

Field trips expand into Florida and Nebraska; Mosasaur IV published.

1991-93

Paul Bond Scholarship fund established; Philadelphia Foundation manages funds.

1994-96

Mosasaur V and VI published.

1997

The first Paul Bond Scholarship is awarded to Joshua B. Smith – University of Pennsylvania

1997

Field trips expand to Buffalo, NY.

1997

DVPS website established.

1998

Paul Bond Scholarships is awarded to Katherine L. Davis and Allison R. Tumarkin – University of Delaware

March 199920th Anniversary dinner held in Horsham, Pa. (Lifetime Achievement Award to Courtney Rockefeller)
Sept. 1999Grant given in the amount of $1000.00 given to Trustees of the U of P in the name of Matt Lamanna for Research Project located in Egypt
Sept. 1999Grant issued in the amount of $940.00 given to Trustees of the U of P in the name of Josh Smith for Research Project located in Egypt

2000

Paul Bond Scholarship is awarded to David B. Cassenti – Rutgers University

April 2001

Annual Fossil Fair moves to Plymouth Meeting location. (co-sponsor Philadelphia Mineralogical Society)
May 2001Grant issued in the amount of $727.00 given to Red Hill museum

2001

Paul Bond Scholarship is awarded to William E. Gottobrio – Bryn Mawr College

2001-02

Field Trips expand across Canada (Niagara Falls area, north of Toronto)

2002

Paul Bond Scholarship is awarded to Matthew C. Lamanna – University of Pennsylvania
Oct. 2002Grant issued in the amount of $500.00 given to Aurora Fossil Museum

March 2003

25th Anniversary Dinner held in Horsham, Pa, (Lifetime Achievement Award to Ron Tillis)(speakers P. Larson and K. Donnan presented Rex Appeal, The Amazing Story of Sue.)

2003

Paul Bond Scholarship is awarded to Merrilee F. Geunther – University of Pennsylvania

2004

Mosasaur VII published

2004

Paul Bond Scholarship is awarded to Doreena M. Patrick - University of Pennsylvania

2005

Continued success with Field trips into Canada

2006

Paul Bond Scholarship is awarded to Domenic D’Amore – Rutgers University

2006

Joint trips with Central Pa Mineral Club

2006

New trips to New Jersey creek beds

2006

Fern sites in Pa revisited (St. Clair)

2007

Trip to Fruitville Pike Quarry, Lancaster County

2007

New trip to Shamokin, Pa area (ferns, tree trunks)

2007

Joint trip with Calvert Marine Museum Club to PA fern sites

2007

New trip to New Jersey creek sites (Ramanessin Township Park)

2008

Call for papers for Mosasaur VIII

2008Revised  DVPS Bylaws approved by DVPS Executive Board

2008

Joint trips with Delaware Mineralogical Society to Red Hill, Pa

2008

Paul Bond Scholarship is awarded to Emma Schachner – University of Pennsylvania

2009

Joint trip with Calvert Marine Museum to scientists Cliffs, Md.

2009

Ken Shuck elected President

2009Grant issued in the amount of $1000.00 given to Hamburg Natural History Society
Oct. 2010Grant issued in the amount of $1000.00 given to Red Hill museum 
April 2011Grant issued in the amount of $1485.00.00 given to Friends of the New Jersey State Museum for the Inversand project
Oct. 2012Grant issued in the amount of $1000.00.00 given to Drexel University for the Inversand project
Nov. 2013Grant issued in the amount of $1000.00 given to Lycoming College in the name of Dr. Broussard for Research on Red Hill fish scales
Sept. 2014Paul Bond Scholarship is awarded to Zachary Boles – Drexel University
Past Presidents: William Gallagher, Courtney Rockefeller, Earle Spamer, Sidney Hostetter, Vince O’Donnell, Mike Keklak, Paul Lazar, Robert Kline, Larry Decina, Ron Tillis, Donald Miller, Ken Shuck
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