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Meeting Location -- Centenary United Methodist Church in Berlin, NJ. Come early (7:15 pm) for coffee and snacks. Google map of location (See written directions below.)
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The Delaware Valley Earth Science Society, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in 1956 and incorporated in the State of New Jersey in 1957. The Society promotes interest, knowledge, and the development of skills in the earth sciences. These interests include mineralogy, Paleontology, lapidary arts, archeology, and location preservation. The society supports the conservation of natural resources, advocates the availability of collecting sites, and maintains close contact with those in the academic field.
The Society meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Centenary United Methodist Church at 151 S White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ 08009. Google map of location. Directions: If you are traveling east on the White Horse Pike (Rt. 30), in the middle of town, you'll pass the Diner and a food mart on your left, followed by a couple of white buildings, then the church is on your left (white with red front doors). Look for a square white steeple tower. There is a one-way driveway on each side of the church - the entrance driveway is on the right side of the church. The Education Bldg. is behind the church. Either park on the side and use the doors in the front (come up one flight of stairs), or park in the back to use the door in the rear.
Meetings start promptly at 7:30 p.m. with the main program followed by the business portion, and conclude around 10 p.m. Meetings are open to the general public.
Don Halterman masterminded the concept of an annual Trotter Dig. Without his vision, we would not have this annual event. Basically, the event is expensive, as earthmoving equipment needs to be rented to turn over fresh material each year. Too expensive for any one club to finance. So Don harnessed the power of the internet to promote this dig open to anyone worldwide willing to travel to New Jersey for a weekend of fluorescent mania. The Trotter Dig fee is a quite modest $20, plus a poundage fee. With 100 people, a backhoe can be had, other support services brought in, and a unique day is assured. Besides the Trotter dig, nearby Sterling Hill offers events this weekend also. (See the rest of the story in the Trotter 2000 section of Photos)