tim morgan


If your passion is gems, jewelry, or beads do not miss the Fall 2017 Workshop with Tim Morgan. Tim became interested in beads when his wife Michele McMurtry discovered the Bead Museum and Bead Society of Greater Washington (BSGW). He volunteered at the Museum from spring 2006 until its closing at the end of 2008, working in designing, preparing and installing exhibits. Michele and he worked on “The Sacred Bead,” “Shakespeare in Beads” (for the Shakespeare in Washington half-year celebration in 2007), and “Earth’s Treasures” (2007-08). He also served on BSGW’s Board. 

Tim enjoys the jewelry world as his second career. He is studying gemology through the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), is Treasurer of the DC Chapter of the GIA Alumni Association, and is on the Board of the DC Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society. He teaches gemology courses for the Montgomery County Dept. of Recreation and has his own small gem and jewelry business. Michele and he do gem and mineral shows, also. The two are planning a workshop in the basement devoted to fabricating jewelry and studying gemology.  (All contributions of money, tools, or working equipment will be gratefully accepted.) They also enjoy collecting at mines and quarries.

Tim Morgan, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois (1941), graduated Bloom Twshp. High School (1959), attended Purdue University (BS Math 1963; MA History 1966), earned his PhD in Early American History (The College of William and Mary 1976). He taught at Ohio University’s Portsmouth Campus (1966-1968) and at Christopher Newport College spring semester 1971 until June 2005.