Join us for the final events of the 2024 High Desert Speaker Series, featuring Alison Jean Cole—an author, rockhound, and lapidary artist. In this informative talk, Alison will showcase the rock and mineral treasures of Oregon’s desert. Obsidian, jasper, opal, and petrified wood each tell a unique story about the fascinating geological history of our region. Glimpses of Oregon’s earliest cultures can be traced through these stone materials, which have been sought after for thousands of years. Come learn how the practice of rock collecting has transformed over the centuries, and how it can be balanced with conservation efforts in our modern world.
About the Presenter:
Alison Jean Cole is a geology enthusiast based in Portland, Oregon. She travels all over the western United States in search of materials to use in her lapidary craft. She leads rockhounding expeditions, is a proud member of her local rock club, and self-publishes Thunderegg, a zine that focuses on the changing face of rockhounding culture. Her first book, Beautiful Rocks & How to Find Them will be out in March 2024.
This event is a part of the 2024 High Desert Speaker Series