Sunday, October 24, 2010
In addition to dealers, the museum provided an area for children's activities: making geodes, identifying fossils, tracing fossils, finding Salem Limestone microfossils and other exhibits. A number of groups were also exhibiting: Indiana 4-H, 500 Earth Science Club, Indiana Society of Paleontology, Indiana Geological Survey, Lost River Convervation Association, Indiana Academy of Science, and Friends of Mineralogy.
I had an interesting conversation with a geology teacher with the Indiana 4-H. He had a number of display examples from the Dunes State Park in northern Indiana. Two shown here are mica and quartz. A very dedicated educator who had been collecting for a number of years.
He also had some fossils on display he found in Sullivan County, Indiana in a coal mine. They appear to be Pennsylvanian Period plants and marine creatures.
Here is a picture of minerals for sale from a dealer's table on the lowest level.
All and all a very nice festival where one can meet experts on Indiana geology and see geology specimens available for purchase. The added bonus is opportunity to tour the extensive mineral, rock and fossil displays at the museum.