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 BMC also is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) educational organization.
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: Nova Scotia 2009.
Information about the regular monthly meetings of the club can be found on the meetings page.
- Specimen Viewing Begins: 11:30 AM
- Voice Auction: 12:30 to 5:30 PM
- Silent Auction: 12 noon to 2:30 PM
Every January the Boston Mineral Club replaces its usual evening meeting at Harvard with our annual fundraising auction held on a Saturday near the middle of the month. In 2015 the auction will be on Saturday, 10 January, at the newer and larger location that we first moved to in 2013. This venue is larger, better lighted, provides plenty of free parking and is accessible to those who may have mobility problems.
The auction is an all-day event that is one of the highlights of the club’s many activities during the year. You do not have to be a member of the Boston Mineral Club to attend and club members are encouraged to invite friends and relatives to come. If you have never attended one of our auctions you need to know several things:
1 – There will be many choices for you to bid on with typically over 150 flats of minerals available for the silent auction and over 100 lots of high quality specimens in the voice auction.
2 – There typically are great bargains available at far less cost than buying specimens at mineral shows or on the internet.
3 – It is an enjoyable event for children as well as adults – kids love to bid on both the silent and voice auction lots and they get to see a lot of different minerals.
Once again the club has purchased a number of high quality worldwide specimens to augment your donations for the voice auction. We also have been fortunate to obtain several high quality donations from mineral dealers. The schedule and registration information and other details can be found on the Auction Page of this website.
- Nate Martin, BMC President
Boston Mineral Club