Woody Thompson has been an enthusiastic mineral collector and historian since childhood. He specializes in minerals from New England, the U.K., and eastern Canada. Woody tells me he became interested in English minerals and mining history in the 1980s, after watching the original Poldark series on public TV. That show and the current new series were based on historical fiction novels about families in Cornwall during the glory days of Cornish tin mining. One thing leads to another, so more recently, he and his wife, Louise, have made five trips to England where they have visited London every time, followed by Cornwall, the Lake District, and Peak District. These trips have included mineral collecting tours and visits to numerous collectors, dealers, mineral shows, and museums.
Woody and Louise are making a rather long journey from the east coast to speak with us, revisit Ohio State University (where Woody earned a Ph.D.), followed by the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium. Please welcome them at the April CMS meeting where you will see stunning photos (and reports) of new and old mineral finds and fabulous travel scenery. This program should be of interest to folks of every age. As always, guests are most welcome at our meetings.