DARKE COUNTY — The Mercer County District Library has a hidden gem in the Langsdon Minerals Collection — more than 900 minerals showcased at the library.
In 2006, Ron and Ruth Langsdon donated a substantial part of their personal rare mineral collection to the Mercer County Library in order for future generations to learn and enjoy. They felt a public library would be an ideal location for all present and future generations. The collection consists of more than 900 minerals from all over the world in 21 display cases.
The traveling educational program, to be held November 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Shawnee Prairie Preserve Nature Center, includes a presentation and hands-on exploration of 20 minerals. Learn about mineral composition and uses while being entertained with memorabilia and stories about these minerals. Did you know that Cleopatra wore azurite and malachite as eye shadow? Or that jade is said to promote peace and tranquility? Minerals aren’t just beautiful to look at — they’re amazing to learn about as well.
Call the Nature Center today at 937-548-0165 to reserve your spot for this fascinating presentation on the Langsdon Minerals Collection.