The Nittany Lion looks out from a 
Central Pennsylvania doubly terminated quartz crystal.  Artwork © John Passaneau.
Nittany Mineralogical Society, Inc.
State College, Pennsylvania

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Your local non-profit mineral, gem and rock club
generally meets the third Wednesday of each month, August through May.
We now meet in Penn State's Earth and Engineering Sciences Building, on White Course Drive off North Atherton Street.
See driving directions and campus maps.
All are welcome to attend our meetings!
Parents must provide supervision of minors.

Mineral collectors and rockhounds, earth scientists and dinosaur lovers will all enjoy our activities.

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April 19th meeting back in EES Building:
Applications of Mineralogy to Archaeology: Part IV. Visions of the Past
by Barry E. Scheetz, Zachary Nelson, Guillermo Mata Amado and Antonio Prado

Our April meeting will be held Wednesday the 19th; NOTE THE LOCATION: back in 116 E.E.S. Building on the west side of the Penn State campus in State College, PA. Maps are available on our web site.
    6:45 to 7:45 p.m.: Social hour, refreshments in the hallway
    7:45 to 8:00 p.m.: announcements, questions, answers
    about 8:00 p.m.: featured program

The event has free admission, free parking, and free refreshments, and is open to all; parents/guardians must provide supervision of minors. Bring your friends and share an interesting evening!

A chance find during an archaeological excavation of a Central American Mayan site resulted in the opportunity to examine in detail how early mirrors were manufactured. Mirrors have been used since 6000BC in Anatolia with the earliest record in the new world of 1925BC. Because of the rarity of suitable minerals for the manufacture of the reflective surface and the extreme craftsmanship necessary to polish the surface, ownership of mirrors was generally relegated to Royalty which place a great value on them. Mirrors came to be used in a spiritual way to connect the Royalty to the Gods. We report here on a different but nonetheless tedious method of making mirrors which most likely resulted in significantly reducing the cost of the object and making it available to the wealthy non-royalty members of the Mayan society.

For additional current news see our NMS Bulletin (link at top of sidebar at left).

DRIVING DIRECTIONS and PARKING for Earth & Engineering Sciences Building meetings on the Penn State campus (NOT Minerals Junior Ed. Day): After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, free parking is available immediately across the street from the building. From North Atherton St. (Business Rt. 322) between College Avenue and Park Avenue, turn west (toward the golf course) off North Atherton at the traffic signal marked "White Course Drive." Go past the parking attendant's booth, follow the curve to the left, then turn right into the parking lot before reaching the stop sign. The building entrance is a little beyond the center of the lot, at the two round concrete planters. Enter the building, then go all the way across the lobby for our social hour & meeting room. We have a simple map at http://www.nittanymineral.org/EESBmap.jpg. For official campus maps see http://www.geog.psu.edu/print-campus-maps .

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A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day


Celestine crystal cluster 2016: CELESTINE is under consideration for Pennsylvania State Mineral


Collecting in a quarry
Collecting crystals in a quarry


Five different posters
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!

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