Chicagoland Gems & Minerals Association 43rd Annual Show - May 25th & 26th 2019 - 12/5/2017


Because of Oak St Entrance Closed for Repaving, there are new ways to get to Parking Lot:
Southbound Randall Road can use the Main Entrance.
Northbound Randall Road will use RT 38 Entrance.
East and Westbound Traffic will use RT 38 - Temp Main Entrance.

Please look at the Map at the side for Parking Assistance


Saturday May 25th

11:00 am - 12 pm

Tyler Keillorpaleoartist and fossil preparator

"Rex alive! Restoring tyrannosaurs with art and Science.

Come and hear the personal behind-the-scenes stories of how art and science were combined to portray the famous dinosaurs Sue, Jane, Little Clint, and one of the first dinosaurs found in the U.S., Dryptosaurus. Tyler's work typically involves preparing fossils for research, restoring damaged skulls and bones, and sculpting flesh-models of extinct creatures as they may have looked in life. Recently, he has also begun working with digital technology to create 3D models of ancient life forms.

James "Joel" Knapper, NASA Solar System Ambassador

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  Apollo Program

It was 50 years ago when man first stepped foot upon the Moon, fulfilling the challenge made by President John F Kenned, in 1961.

Join Joel for a trip back in time to revisit the men and machines of the Apollo Program, the first expedition to a new world

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm  Mars Exploration

Sending astronauts to explore the solar system has been a topic of science fiction writers for over a century.Today, mankind is poised to venture further into deep space with the goal of exploring Mars. there are many technological challenges to travelling the 140 million miles to Mars. Joel will be presenting an overview of these biological hurdles as well as our current human Mars exploration plans.

.Sunday May 26th

11:00 am -12:00 pm

The World Famous Mazon Creek Fossils from Illinois

Donald Baumgartner: 

Medical Entomologist, Adjunct Faculty in Biology at W.R. Harper College, and Amateur Collector

Be transported back to North Central Illinois at 300 million years ago to observe the world then and the plant and animal life present, as based on the fossil record.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Merrill J. Essex:, G.G. (GIA), CSM  (NAJA)

"Fossil Amber, An Organic Gem"

Merrill will focus on the definition of fossil amber, how, when, and where fossil amber was formed historically. Find out where it occurs in the world, it's characteristics, and colors, and what distinguishes fossil amber from look alikes, and the fossils it can contain. Merrill will also speak on the historical significance of the Amber Room

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

"Using Natural History skills to tell your rock's story"

Asa Kaplan: A Chicago and St. Louis based naturalist

Every rock and every fossil tells a unique story of its experience on earth. Not a fairy tale, but rather a set of characteristics and measures that *you* can document objectively.

Asa introduces an easy framework *you* can use to meaningfully interpret the Natural History story of any rock or fossil you come across.No lab equipment needed, just a keen eye for the right details.

If you have a favorite rock or fossil please bring it to learn its Natural History story.

Learn more about our speakers on our website. - (630)377-0197