Boston Mineral Club
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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.
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The May 2017 meeting of the Boston Mineral Club will take place on Tuesday, 2 May. Our speaker will be Bud Poulin, and his topic will be “The Collection and Cataloging of John H. Marshall”.
Bud Poulin has been a New Englander all his life. He was born in Maine and at a young age moved to Connecticut, where he has lived ever since. He is an avid mineral collector of pegmatite minerals, New England minerals, and micromounts. A few years back he became fascinated with the collection of John Marshall and John’s collecting style. He has provided the following introduction to his presentation:
John H. Marshall was born in Massachusetts in 1931. He grew up in Newton, MA. .John had a great interest in nature and the outdoors starting as a young man, and continuing throughout his life. John found his first mineral specimen when he was thirteen, a nice piece of rose quartz. John kept this specimen throughout his long collecting career (more than sixty years) and this specimen became his catalog #1 piece. This rose quartz became just one of more than 4,000 minerals in his diverse collection. John developed a great interest in collecting from this time on. John would start reading about some of the local quarries and would visit many in Massachusetts on his bicycle, even riding all the way to Strickland Quarry in Portland, CT (over 50 miles away).
John cataloged his collection with 3x5 inch preprinted cards – modeled after John Sinkankas’s catalog cards. Each card was filled out by hand with great care and neatness; and kept in glassine envelopes. Nearly every specimen has very small hand written labels with his initials, catalog number, and specimen information. These specimen labels are usually a quarter inch or smaller, he took great care to make sure they were all precise and easy to read. He had wonderful handwriting.
This presentation will talk about John’s life and his style of collecting and cataloging his collection.
To complement the presentation, members are encouraged to bring in any interesting John Marshall specimens from their collections. Since John seemed to have a special interest in pyromorphite from Loudville, MA and Phoenixville, PA, good specimens from those localities would also be of interest even if not from John’s collection. The BMC display case will be available to display and protect your specimens. Refreshments also will be available. The Harvard mineral museum should be open to us starting at 6:30 PM. Please plan to arrive by 7:00 PM to socialize and set up any specimens you have brought to display. BMC VP Mike Haritos will start the brief business portion of the meeting around 7:30 PM and begin the presentation shortly thereafter. After the presentations are completed the meeting will conclude with our traditional mineral specimen raffle.
Visitors are always welcome to attend BMC meetings. Invite a friend to come with you!
All Boston Mineral Club meetings are open to the public!
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