Learn about the deep-sea hunt for treasure lost in one of America’s biggest maritime disasters at the Friends of Stone Laboratory (FOSL) and Ohio Sea Grant’s 13th Annual Winter Program and Silent Auction to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. January 26, 2011, at the Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road on Ohio State University’s main campus.
Former Ohio Sea Grant Director Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf will speak on "Treasures of a Lost Voyage: Discovery and Exploration of the Gold Rush Steamer SS Central America." Dr. Herdendorf served as chief scientist on the Central America Project. Led by a former Stone Lab student, the expedition recovered treasure from the Central America, which sank in 1857 with a loss of 425 passengers and more than 21 tons of gold. Dr. Herdendorf is an OSU professor emeritus of zoology and geology.
Items available in the Silent Auction will include tickets to cultural activities and sports events, books/literature, meals at fine-dining establishments, items for the home and family, and much more. Only cash and checks can be accepted and all proceeds raised will benefit Stone Lab’s programs and scholarships.
FOSL will award door prizes to registered college students and at the end of the evening, FOSL will award one scholarship covering room and meals for one week at Stone Lab during the summer of 2011 (approximately a $350 value). These prizes are open only to registered college students in any college or university, but students must be present to win.
To RSVP, please visit stonelab.osu.edu/events/winter-program.
Individuals wishing to donate items for auction should contact Nancy Cruickshank, preferably by e-mail, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.292.8971.