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.
The October 2015 meeting of the Boston Mineral Club will take place on Tuesday, 6 October. Our speaker will be Harold (Fritz) Moritz, and his topic will be fluorescent minerals. Fritz is a geologist, mineral specimen collector and photographer. As a native of Connecticut, a state with very diverse geology and mineralogy, he has been collecting and researching the history of minerals from there since the mid-1970s, when he was about 14 years young. In the early 1990s, he became a founding member of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum and has been collecting in and learning about the magnificent Franklin-Ogdensburg, New Jersey, USA zinc deposits ever since. His collection numbers about 3300 specimens mostly from these two areas. Fritz also is very active in several Connecticut mineral/gem clubs. After 24 years as an environmental consultant, he now works part time as a contract photographer for MineralMovies.com and Stonetrust.com and is photographing his collection. He has provided the following introduction to his presentation:
"This presentation includes many stunning daylight and UV photographs. It introduces the audience to the main fluorescent minerals, the causes of fluorescence, the types of UV light and UV lamps that reproduce it. Many of the classic Connecticut and Franklin area minerals are shown along with other famous and not so well-known fluorescent minerals and localities. Many common minerals fluoresce only from certain localities and some will surprise you. The point is you never know until you lamp them!"
Members are encouraged to bring in a few of their favorite fluorescent specimens. I will bring in my triple wavelength UV light available to provide a fluorescent display of your specimens. In addition both short wave (SW) and long wave (LW) UV lights will be available for those who want to check some of their specimens for fluorescence. Refreshments also will be available. 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 that they want to check for fluorescence or to add to the fluorescent display to complement the meeting. We will start the brief business portion of the meeting around 8:00 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, and this meeting provides another opportunity for visitors to get acquainted and see what the club is all about. I hope to see you there!
- Nate Martin, BMC President
Boston Mineral Club