Boston Mineral Club
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You do not need a college degree in earth sciences to join the club! We are open to all. We welcome and encourage new members to join the club. Membership
The Boston Mineral Club (BMC) was founded in 1936 to "promote the study and collecting of rocks and minerals, to encourage friendly cooperation among mineralogists and collectors, [and] to promote the study of mineralogy and related arts and sciences coming within the purview of earth sciences..."
In the pursuit of these goals, the BMC offers educational programs at club meetings, mineral collecting field trips, a newsletter, and access to our mineralogical reference library.
The Boston Mineral Club is a member of the American Federation of Mineral Societies and the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies.
The Boston Mineral Club is proud of its long tradition of conducting field trips to collecting localities throughout the New England area. Information about trips planned for the current year is published in our newsletters which can be found in the members only area of the website.
The club also organizes occasional trips to localities outside of New England. Previous destinations have included Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Georgia and Arizona. You can view photos of our 2009 trip to Nova Scotia here: recent trip to Nova Scotia.
Information about the regular monthly meetings of the club can be found on the meetings page.
The September meeting of the Boston Mineral Club will take place on the second Tuesday of the month to avoid any complications from member’s travels over the Labor Day holiday. The meeting will feature our traditional specimen collecting show and tell night. At this annual event all speakers are club members. This is basically an “open mike” night where any member of the club is invited to bring in one or more recently collected mineral, fossil or lapidary “specimens” and then share with the rest of us the story about how they were acquired. The specimens can either be field collected or purchased. All that really matters is that you find them interesting and are willing to spend 5 to 10 minutes telling the rest of the club how they were acquired and why you find them interesting. If you have photos of either localities or specimens to show we will have a laptop available to allow you to project them for all to see. For my contribution I am planning to bring in some specimens I collected at the Rock Candy Mine near Grand Forks, British Columbia in June and show a few pictures of the mine.
The club’s display cabinet will be available to display your specimens and refreshments will be available as always. The Harvard mineral museum should be open to us starting at 7 PM. Everyone should plan to arrive by 7:30 PM to socialize and set up any specimens they have brought to talk about or to trade (specimen trading also is encouraged at this meeting). We will start the meeting presentations around 8:00 PM, and after the presentations are completed the meeting will conclude with our traditional mineral specimen raffle. This meeting is always enjoyable and provides an opportunity to talk with old friends and make some new ones as well. Visitors are always welcome to attend BMC meetings, and this meeting provides a special opportunity to get acquainted and see what the club is all about.
This should be a great meeting. I hope that you can attend. Also please remember that visitors are always welcome at our monthly meetings.
- Nate Martin, BMC President
Boston Mineral Club