The Muhlenberg Botanical Society meets on the 3rd Thursday at 7pm in the Spring from February to May and in the Fall from September to November at the North Museum of Science and Natural History in Lancaster PA.  Please enter via the front door.  A museum representative will be on duty.

Fall 2018 Meetings

September 20 (Thursday) 7pm

Member’s meeting and plant exchange

Bring slides or photos to share on a jump drive, as well as copies of old magazines, and, of course, plants to exchange.  Although the focus is on native plants, others are welcome.  New members are always encouraged to help themselves, whether or not they have brought any plants. Remember that we need to keep the Kinsey Room neat and tidy so we will be welcome in the future, so make sure they are properly potted.

October 18 (Thursday) 7pm

The Fall and Rise of the American Chestnut

Presenter: Tim Eck

Tim will inform us about the history of the chestnut blight and various efforts to restore the American chestnut. He will also touch on some aspects of tree genetics and breeding and talk about his efforts in Lancaster County.  Tim has served on the board of directors of The American Chestnut Foundation and was president of the PA chapter.  He is responsible for planting and caring for over ten thousand chestnut trees in Lancaster Co. and is now in the process of inoculating hybrid chestnuts with chestnut blight fungus to find out which trees have resistance.

November 15 (Thursday) 7pm

Current Research at Millersville University's James C. Parks Herbarium

Presenter: Kevin Faccenda 

A Junior at Millersville University, Kevin is majoring in biology with a concentration in botany.  He is the recipient of the Catherine Keever and the Biology faculty grants for undergraduate studies.  Kevin works in the Herbarium with Dr. Chris Hardy and serves as President of the Entomology Club with Dr. John Wallace. In 2018 he was awarded a Research Experiences for Undergraduates grant from the National Science Foundation and spent 10 weeks at Eastern Kentucky University studying the effects of Japanese Stilt Grass on herbaceous plant diversity as it invades an old growth forest in Eastern Kentucky.