Hamilton Wenham Community House 

284 Bay Road,

S. Hamilton, Ma 01982


Next meeting May 15, 2015@ 7:45 pm


Tastasqua Graphite Mine
In Sturbridge, MA
Ken Gliesman

The mine today known as the Tantasqua Graphite Mine in Sturbridge, MA was used by the Native Americans to obtain pure graphite for ceremonial face painting. In 1634 John Oldham while on a scouting mission for governor Winthrop was taken to the deposit by the friendly Indians. A long and interesting history follows as many tried to harvest the resource and make money in the process. Ken Gliesman will speak of the historic deposit with a heavy emphasis on the history from 1634 to the present day. Ken will have specimens to show along with pictures taken of the open cut and from within the early 20th century adit before it was closed off.
Ken lives in Sturbridge and has been actively into mineral and shell collecting the last 30 years. Recently he has written articles for the Boston Mineral Club newsletter and started doing lectures with an emphasis on Massachusetts collecting. A recently published article in the “Ocracoke Observer” can be seen at: Ken is a member of the Worcester Mineral Club.





Although most of us are familiar to the most famous dinosaur of all, Tyrannosaurus rex, there has not been much known of their evolution or origins in the Mesozoic. Well, paleontologists have begun to fill in their family tree and find the T. rex was not the "king" of the predators, but a long line of fur and feathered carnivores that threatened the herbivores for most of the age of dinosaurs. We will see some of these new "missing links" and see how successful they actually were. Also don't forget to bring a specimen or two for our "show and tell" session beforehand..
                                                                                          See you there,