Chats with Champions

This popular program brings outstanding members of the literary world, arts, and sciences to Skidompha to present programs that are free and open to the public. While the series’ emphasis is on top-notch authors, programs often appeal to a much wider audience.  

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Myles Felch
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
December 6, 2018 at 10 am
Skidompha’s Porter Hall

Discover the new Maine Mineral & Gem Museum

Myles Felch, geologist and assistant curator at the soon-to-open Maine Mineral and Gem Museum (MMGM) in Bethel, Maine. Feltch will be the guest speaker at Chats with Champions on Thursday, December 6, at 10 am in Skidompha Library’s Porter Meeting Hall. Please allow time for parking.

Mining has been a significant part of the Maine economy thanks to its geologic composition. Granite, slate, and gem extraction have been important local industries at various points in the state’s history.

The Maine Mineral & Gem Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which promises a mission to celebrate the mineralogy of Maine through a range of exhibits and educational programming. It will also display one of the most robust collections of meteorites from Mars, the Moon, and the Asteroid Belt, on the planet. MMGM is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019.

Myles’ presentation will introduce some of Maine’s most well-known gem minerals including, beryl, quartz, topaz, and the Maine state mineral, tourmaline. He will also discuss many of the most notable mineral discoveries in the states mining history.


Check this page and our calendar for the schedule of presentations and for more information about each speaker. Unless noted otherwise, all programs begin at 10 am.

November 20


Postponed – Stay Tuned for a new date!

Dr. Jeremy Jackson: Coastal Communities and Climate Change

December 6


Myles Felch: Maine Gem and Mineral Museum
April 16, 2019


Mac Smith: Mainers on the Titanic
July 18, 2019


Dean Rock: 3-D Prosthetic Devices
July 18, 2019


Mark Peterson: Health Care in America
September 5, 2019


Bob Hills: Iceland