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1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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Bruce Museum Seaside Center/ Innis Arden Cottage
Tod's Driftway
Greenwich, CT 06870
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Introduction To Minerals At The Seaside Center

Bruce Museum Seaside Center/ Innis Arden Cottage
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Seaside Center Presentation:
Introduction to Minerals
Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center.
Sunday, February 4, 1:30 – 4:00 pm

OLD GREENWICH, CT -  Mineral collector and Stamford Mineralogical Society President Dr. Howard Heitner will give a talk and demonstration on the importance, properties, and structure of minerals on Sunday, February 4, 2018, (with a snow date of February 11) at Greenwich Point Park. The event is open to all ages and reservations or beach pass are not required.

Part of the Bruce Museum’s Fred Elser First Sunday Science Series at the Seaside Center, Dr. Heitner’s presentation will begin at 2:00 pm and will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Participants are welcome to bring samples for identification after the lecture.  Family friendly activities on the rock-and-mineral theme will also take place from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.

“My objective is to get people interested and to understand more about the minerals they see at exhibits in the Bruce Museum and other collections,” says Dr. Heitner, who has been collecting minerals for more than 50 years. He is retired from Cytec Industries, where he worked in new product development and holds a number of patents.

Heitner will answer questions such as “What is a mineral?” and” What is a crystal?” as well as demonstrate some of the physical properties of minerals such as fluorescence, cleavage, fracture, hardness, color and streak, variability of color, specific gravity and flame testing.

The Fred Elser First Sunday Science programs are supported in part by Osprey Private Client and are organized by the Bruce Museum, which is currently exhibiting Treasures of the Earth: Mineral Masterpieces from the Robert R. Weiner Collection, a showcase of nearly 100 gem and mineral specimens from around the world. The Introduction to Minerals event on Sunday, February 4 will be held at the Innis Arden Cottage/ Seaside Center in Greenwich Point Park, Old Greenwich, CT.

For more information, contact Bruce Museum Seaside Center Manager Cynthia Ehlinger at cynthiae@brucemuseum.org or 203-413-6756.

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