2022 SYMPOSIUM

November 12-13, 2022

Symposium -- Saturday, November 12 at the Bright Side Opportunities Center, 515 Hershey Ave, Lancaster, PA
(same location as last year)

Field Trip -- Sunday, November 13 -- National Limestone Quarry No. 2 and the Lime Ridge Wavellite Locality at Mount Pleasant Mills

FIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS (PDH) AVAILABE FOR PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS

The Friends of Mineralogy Pennsylvania Chapter 2022 Symposium will be held live and in-person on Saturday, November 12 at the Bright Side Opportunities Center, 515 Hershey Avenue, Lancaster, PA. You can also attend remotely via ZOOM, but you must register to receive the link. Information to be provided at a later date.

Bright Side Opportunities Center Location map (JPEG)

Mineral collectors in attendance on Saturday will find many activities, including several talks by knowledgeable speakers on minerals, geology and mining in Pennsylvania and beyond. Online attendance is also being planned. Several invited invited mineral dealers will be present, and there will be a silent auction, give-away table, refreshments, and plenty of opportunities for visiting with fellow enthusiasts. Lunch is available at restaurants within short driving distance, and there is adequate parking at the Bright Side Opportunities Center.

On Sunday, November 13, a field trip for those registered for the symposium will provide an opportunity for mineral collecting at National Limestone Quarry No. 2 and the Lime Ridge Wavellite Locality at Mount Pleasant Mills. The field trip is open only to symposium registrants. Safety equipment will be required.

The Lime Ridge wavellite locality has been recently reopened.

Below is a link to a fillable PDF symposium registration form. There are two ways of registering: (1) You can fill out the form online and save it as a PDF file, pay on-line using the Paypal link (there is a convenience fee), and email the registration form to rasloto@aol.com OR (2) you can fill out the form online, print it, and mail it with a check to the address on the form.

Registration is $15/person for current FM-PA members; free for students with ID; and $25/person for non-members. Parents must provide supervision of minors. Please register in advance

DOWNLOAD the registration form for the FMPA Symposium for mail-in payment (PDF)

Register and pay online

   

NEW PUBLICATION: THE MINES AND MINERALS OF BUCKS COUNTY, PA

The Mines and Minerals of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, a recently published book by FM member Ron Sloto, provides a comprehensive description of the mining history and mineralogy of the county. It pulls together over 300 years of mining and mineral history under one cover. It is richly illustrated with 400 figures — old and new photographs, old maps, mine plans, and photographs of minerals from museum, university, and private collections. Many of the old photographs have never been published before. This book describes nearly 175 mines and mineral localities. It includes the known history of each mine and locality and a list of reported minerals. The locations are shown on a set of USGS topographic maps. Because many of the mines had several names over the course of their history, a comprehensive cross-index is provided. An extensive bibliography also is included.

Ninety-one different mineral species have been reported from Bucks County. Extensive coverage is provided for the two most prolific mineral localities in the county-the New Galena lead mines in New Britain Township and Vanartsdalen's quarry in Lower Southampton Township. Many of the past mineral industries in Bucks County, such as lime burning and production of paving blocks, are described.

Available from Amazon.com in paperback and hardcover

SPEAKER INVITATION

Friends of Mineralogy, Pennsylvania Chapter, invites submissions of abstracts to be considered for presentation at our annual Symposium. The Symposium is scheduled for Lancaster, PA, on Saturday, November 12, 2022, both in-person and online, with presentations of approximately 45 minutes including time for questions. Presentations on Pennsylvania minerals or mineral localities, or other topics of interest to mineral collectors, are invited. Abstracts may be up to two pages and should include a title and the author's name and affiliation as they should be presented. The final abstract for publication may include illustrations of sufficient resolution to look good in print; a biographical sketch and photograph of the author are also welcome, within the two-page limit. We provide an honorarium of $100 for each presentation.

Contact Bill Stephens <bstephens@stephensenv.com> or another Board
member if you might be interested, or to submit an abstract for consideration.
Please submit abstracts by July 31, 2022.

Bill Stephens Elected New President of FM PA



President's Message

by Interim President Bill Stephens, PG

After many years of faithful and effective service, immediate past President Joe Marchesani decided it was time for him to take a break from his leadership role at FM-PA. We wish him all the luck in his future endeavors. The Board members present at a recent meeting voted unanimously to install me as interim President until the official meeting at the annual symposium. I hit the ground running with the idea that we needed to get prepared for what will likely be a "Hybrid" Symposium, part in person and part Zoom, at a totally new facility. In our last in-person symposium, we had an issue develop with the availability of the venue we had at F&M for many years. Last year, with the COVID shutdown, we were forced to adapt and put on a symposium entirely remotely using Zoom; with the effective leadership of your Board of Directors, that symposium went off without a hitch. Now we are tasked with not only finding a new venue, but one where we can have in person and remote attendance for the Fall 2021 Symposium. Stay tuned!

FM PA BYLAWS

The FM PA bylaws were updated to add online meetings and voting plus other minor changes. View our bylaws here

FMPA 2020 Virtual Symposium Presentations



The Friends of Mineralogy-Pennsylvania Chapter held its annual symposium for mineral collectors on Saturday, November 7, 2020, as a live virtual event.

Some of the video presentations from the symposium are posted online. As the other presentations become available, they also will posed online.

Video presentaions for the FM PA 2020 Virtual Symposium



NEW PUBLICATION: THE MINES AND MINERALS OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA



The Mines and Minerals of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a recently published book by FM member Ron Sloto, provides a comprehensive description of the mining history and mineralogy of the county. It pulls together over 300 years of mining and mineral history under one cover. It is richly illustrated with 510 figures — old and new photographs, old maps, mine surface plans and cross sections, and photographs of minerals from museum, university, and private collections. Many of the old photographs have never been published before. This book describes nearly 200 mines and mineral localities. It includes the known history of each mine and locality and a list of reported minerals. The locations are shown on a set of USGS topographic maps. Because many of the mines had several names over the course of their history, a comprehensive cross-index is provided. An extensive bibliography also is included.

One hundred twenty six mineral species have been reported from Montgomery County, plus an additional 13 mineral species that were reported, but not verified. Extensive coverage is provided for the two most prolific mineral localities in the county—the Perkiomen-Ecton lead-copper-zinc mines near Audubon and the Kibblehouse (Perkiomenville) quarry in Perkiomenville.

Available from Amazon.com



Chevkinite-(Ce) from Northampton County, PA

Check out the article on chevkinite-(Ce), a rare-earth titanosilicate from Northampton County, Pennsylvania by Robert C. Smith, II, and John H. Barnes in Pennsylvania Geology.

Chevkinite-(Ce)

Pennsylvania Geology Online

The Pennsylvania Geological Survey's Pennsylvania Geology magazine is available online

Pennsylvania Geology