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Rock & Mineral Identification

Geologist Sara Kurth presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn to identify minerals through basic hands-on identification including observation skills and hardness tests. Great for rockhounds, Boy & Girl Scout merit badges and Teachers Professional Development credit, email: Scout groups require adult supervision.

Classes: Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 5 at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 10 at 10:30 a.m.
75 minutes – Ages 8 yrs. to Adult
Fee: $5.00 per person,
Museum Members $3.00
Reservations Required (630) 833-1616

“Rockin’ Jewelry for Kids”

This beginner’s class allows children to make their own gemstone jewelry to keep. Choose two different types of jewelry to make with stones from the Museum Shop and learn how to work with jeweler’s tools. Great for Girl Scout Jewelry Badge, parties of 10 or more are encouraged to schedule a private class. Email:

Classes: Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m., Nov. 5 at 10:30 a.m.
1:30 p.m. – 75 minutes - Ages 8 to 16 years
Fee: $10.00 per person
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

Don Cronauer

October 15
“Working in Silver”

Silversmithing combines the techniques of lost wax casting, soldering, fabricating, polishing and stone setting to create a finished piece of jewelry. Visiting Artist, Don Cronauer will demonstrate the techniques of silversmithing to create rings, pendants and earrings. Reservations are recommended.

Demonstration – Teenagers to Adult – 2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes
$5.00 per person, Museum Members Free.
Reservations Recommended: (630) 833-1616


October 22
“Uncovering the Tully”

The Illinois State Fossil the “Tully Monster” remained a problematic unclassified fossil since it’s discovery in 1958. New research and testing have revealed the mystery of the “Tully”. Paul Mayer, Fossil Invertebrate Collections Manager from the Field Museum will present the recent conclusive findings of this 300 million year old enigmatic fossil found exclusively in Illinois.

Lecture – Youth to Adult – 2:00 p.m. – 60 minutes
$5.00 per person, Museum Members Free.
Reservations Recommended: (630) 833-1616


November 19
Lapidary Day

See demonstrations by artists from the West Suburban Lapidary Club including: beading, silversmithing, cabochon cutting, wire wrapping and faceting. Free hands-on activities and jewelry cleaning. The event is great way to see the Museum and learn more about lapidary art.

Saturday Demonstrations & Activities: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All Ages - Free Admission

gem tree

December 3
Create A Gem Tree"

Lapidaries Bill and Lois Zima of the DesPlaines Valley Geological Society teach how to create a small tree using gemstones and wire. These beautiful trees never need water and make a great gift.

Activity - Ages 9 yrs. to Adult – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $25.00 per person, Museum Members: $20.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

December 10
Olympic Rocks"

Geared for middle and high school students competing in Science Olympiad tournaments, this class delves into the world of rocks and minerals. Hand samples will be available, covering most of the S.O. specimen list. Topics include quick ID tips, Bowen’s Reaction Series, and general rock information. Students are encouraged to sign up as a team or as an individual. Please bring all your questions for this informal practice session!

Activity - 75 minutes – 1:30 p.m. - Ages 10 to 18 yrs.
Fee: $5.00 per person, Museum Members $3.00
Reservations Required: (630) 833-1616

cong jade cong jade

Cong jade, 琮 in simplified Chinese, is usually manufactured as a squared tube with a top-to-bottom hollow cylinder in the middle. From numerous excavated cases, Cong jades differ in size, height, color, and decorative patterns. Some are tall even with twelve levels or short, and some are thin or thick. It is said that some Cong jades, for instance which are dated to be made in prehistoric times, are simple without complex engravings, whereas animalmask, cloud-mask, or other various patterns became increasingly prevalent later.

When Zhouli (Rites of Zhou), the classical text for ritual performance in the Zhou dynasty, introduces Cong, it is considered as a sacrificial object to Earth. However, one might say, it is hard to find corresponding evidences of such sacrificial service in later excavations. In addition to originally sacrificial function, Cong could also be used as ceremonial objects during various sorts of rituals.

The Cong piece the Lizzadro Museum presents is typical Cong fashion, which is a hollow tube in the middle and framed by four rectangular corners on the outside. As a whole, its visual effects balance both the circle inside and the rectangle outside. The animal masks repeatedly carved on the exterior rectangles are similar in every corner. On the surface of the cylinder are cloud-mask patterns that we can easily detect. It is also noteworthy that the color of this middle-size cylinder is dark umber.


cong jade cong jade

The square stand, made of wooden materials, is used to support the Cong jade so that the main body of Cong can hold up steadily. Engraved is the poetic passage we read, which is orderly distributed in the inner sphere of the concentric circles. We are currently investigating on the time period of piece, and it could be argued that the style of calligraphy, technically speaking, might help us date the stand to the Qing dynasty or later.

The writings inscribed on jades or ancillary pieces generally represent the owner’s life story, court career, or individual personality. In this case, one might say that the inscription conveys a sense of the owner’s endeavor seeking moral sophistication by the metaphorical image of “the pure and wonderful scent coming into the heart.” In other words, the meaning of these writings might give us an imagination of the master that he or she may be a refined scholar, a literati, or a member of the gentry class in ancient China, who are striving for a lasting reputation of integrity and rectitude.

cong jade
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