Annual Meeting 2021

Join us on Zoom for a lecture with Prof. Kurtis C. Burmeister of Sacramento State University, over Zoom, for the Economic History of the Rosendale Natural Cement Region. Prof. Burmeister was here in October and was happy to visit the archives and the Widow Jane Mine again.

The Rosendale region of eastern New York State is widely recognized as the source of one of the highest quality natural cements ever produced. Founded in 1819 by Canvass White in central New York, the American natural cement industry soon shifted to Rosendale where it flourished for over 150 years. By the end of the 19th century, the superior quality of Rosendale cement was known worldwide and actively used in the construction of some of America’s most enduring landmarks. Rosendale natural cement’s reputation stems from the unique composition of the dolostone in the Silurian Rondout Formation from which it is manufactured. Miners utilized room-and-pillar techniques to extract this dolostone from strongly deformed strata in the Rosendale region, creating unique bedrock exposures that are truly engineering marvels. These mine exposures have long attracted the attention of geologists for research and education. Production of natural cement transformed extracted dolostone into cement through a labor-intensive process involving calcination in kilns, cracking, grinding, and packaging. Barrels of cement were quickly shipped at competitive prices via the Delaware & Hudson Canal, which directly connected the Rosendale region to major shipping avenues.

Kurtis Burmeister, Ph.D. – Kurt is an Assistant Professor of Field Geology in the Geology Department at Sacramento State University. His research explores topics broadly associated with convergent tectonics and has active projects in western Ireland, Sierra Nevada, upstate New York, and southern Japan. Kurt holds a BA in Biological Sciences and an MA in Vertebrate Paleontology from UC Santa Barbara, and a PhD in Structural Geology from the University of Illinois. Kurt is also the Executive Secretary of the USGS/NAGT Cooperative Field Training Program, Director of the Wasatch-Uinta Geological Field Camp Program, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Illinois.

Read the Prof. Burmeister and Dietrich Werner’s paper on this subject from 2007 here:

Let me take this time to remind readers that the annual meeting is where votes are counted from society members confirming (or writing in) trustees for our board of trustees. If you are a member, there should be a ballot included as part of the 2021 Natural News. Please fill out and return the ballot as soon as possible! This is also a good time to re-up, rejoin, or become a member for the first time too!

This talk will be presented live over Zoom and recorded. You should also be able to call in if you are without access to Zoom.

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Topic: Century House's 2021 Annual Talk: Prof. Kurtis Burmeister
Time: Dec 4, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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