The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

September, 2014

Crinoids Big Time

Our featured program this month will be presented by Tom Williams. His talk is entitled, “A Chesterian Mississippian Crinoid Bank.” Tom has his bachellor’s degree in Geology from Western Illinois University. He later received a Master of Science in Geohydrology from Illinois State. He has worked for over 30 years as a geologist for Soil Testing Services Consultants, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Superfund and as a Field Inspector for Water Pollution Control. As a part time instructor at Illinois State, Tom teaches classes in Geologic Environmental Classes including a class in Environmental Regulations and programs. He has contributed articles to several MAPS digests and has been Show Chairman for MAPS EXPO since 2009. Over the years Tom spent many hours at Mazon creek gathering concretions while learning other aspects of Illinois and Midwestern Geology. He has specialized mostly in crinoids of the Mississippian Chesterian age since 1980, contributing knowledge and some important specimens while collecting with other researchers. In 1998 he worked with Dennis Burdick on a major crinoid dig found in situ in the Chesterian of Alabama that uncovered many important specimens including whole plates up to five feet by five feet. Some of these specimens had stems five to six feet long!

TIME: 8:00 PM 
DATE: Friday, September 26, 2014
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall (Old Physics Building) 
University of Cincinnati Campus
Click here for directions to the meeting room
Click here to see photos of previous meetings.and more info on our meetings.

Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney

The Beginner’s Class meets at 7:15 PM Friday, September 26, in room 301 Braunstein Hall, one floor up from the regular meeting room.

The beginner’s program will be an introduction to fossil hunting methods and fossil identification from fragments. We’ll review common Ordovician sea life: photos, videos and actual specimens. Time permitting, we’ll discuss how to start collecting and organize your collection. 

Picnic Field Trip With KPS
by Dan Phelps

The Kentucky Paleontological Society is hosting a joint picnic and field trip with the Cincinnati Dry Dredgers fossil club. The date is September 27th. We are going to eat at a picnic shelter at Memorial Park in Berea, and go on to Big Hill after that for fossil collecting. Big Hill has a large Lower Carboniferous (Mississippian) section exposed.

A 2004 guidebook to the geology of Big Hill, prepared for a joint Kentucky AIPG and Geological Society of Kentucky field trip can be found here:

Several photographs of fossils found on previous trips can be found here:

The KPS will provide hamburgers and hotdogs, plus eating utensils, cups, and plates. Please bring a non-alcoholic beverage (dry county) for yourself (or to share) and a side dish. Chips, baked beans, salads, fruit, and deserts, etc. would be appreciated. The picnic starts at around 11:00, the first burgers and hotdogs should be off the grill by 11:30 am. We will be on the road to Big Hill by 12:30 pm.

Feel free to bring specimens to trade, be identified, or to show off.

Drive time from Cincinnati, Ohio is about 2 hour. Directions to drive directly to the site can be found in the full bulletin that is emailed and mailed to paid-up members. If you are not a member and would like to attend, please email Bill Heimbrock at for directions. 

October Fossil Fest
by Jack Kallmeyer

Fossil Fest will be here before we publish our next bulletin so this is our last chance to fill you in on some details.

The celebration of National Fossil Day starts on October 15 with a free 7:00 PM evening lecture at Union Terminal. The speaker will be Patricia H. Kelly, Paleontology Distinguished Lecturer and professor of Geology at the University of North Carolina.

The festivities continue with a special reception at the Cincinnati Under the Sea exhibit on October 16 at 7:00 PM for Cocktails & Curators. From the Museum’s Mosaic publication: “explore Museum Center’s Ordovician Fossil collection - one of the largest in the world - with Brenda Hunda, Cincinnati Museum Center’s Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology. Member $20, non-member $25. Price includes experience and food. Cash bar available.”

 The main event will be held on Saturday October 18 at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. The Museum has planned a number of free activities for the Rotunda area and many more inside the Natural History Museum. Most of what the Dry Dredgers will participate in will be inside the Museum including fossil identification services, fossil displays and our club information booth.

Fossil Fest will include participation by a number of professionals including Dave Meyer, Carl Brett, Alycia Stigall, Kendall Hauer, Dale Gnidovec and Brenda Hunda. The Museum will be running a wheel of fortune game for kids with cool prizes. Big Bone Lick will be represented. Dan Cooper will be showing his preparation skills. Area children K-12 will participate in an Ordovician art contest.

Volunteers are still needed to help judge the children’s art contest. This will be done during the event on Saturday.

On Sunday October, 19 we will assist in the self guided field trips sponsored by the Museum as part of the celebration of National Fossil Day. We still need volunteers to staff two collecting sites on Sunday. Our duties will be to help advise visitors in collecting techniques and to help identify their finds. Check the Dry Dredgers website closer to the event for more details on Fossil Fest.

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