Upcoming Events


Scheduled activities of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society Inc. - FOMS, include meetings, field trips, and other events. Regular meetings are held on the third Saturday of March, April, May, June, September, October, and November, and generally comprise a business session followed by a lecture. FOMS meetings are open to the public and are held at 1:30 PM, usually in Kraissl Hall at the Franklin Mineral Museum, 30 Evans St., Franklin NJ (check listings for exceptions).

Most FOMS field trips are open only to FOMS members aged 13 or older.
Proper field trip gear required: hard hat, protective eyewear, gloves, sturdy shoes.
For a complete set of rules and regulations follow this link FOMS Field Trip Safety Rules and Regulations

**Activities so marked are not FOMS functions, but may be of interest to its members. Fees, and memberships in other organizations, may be required. Any information in this schedule, including fees, is subject to change without notice.



Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5, 2020    **

  CANCELLED
31st Annual North Jersey Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
Midland Park High School,
250 Prospect St., Midland Park, N.J.
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Admission: $5.00 per person; $4.00 per senior adult; free admission for children under 12.




Saturday, April 18, 2020  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  CANCELLED
9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at Taylor Road site.
Meet and park at the Franklin Mineral Museum, and walk
from there. Do not park on Taylor Road! Fee charged.

Noon - 1:15 PM - Future Rockhounds of America
Meet in Franklin Mineral Museum’s Kraissl Hall
Parents are welcome to sit in the meeting room
For questions please contact Mark Dahlman at: fra@fomsnj.org or 301-428-0455

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Out From the Past: Thomas Edison, Iron, and the Ogden Mine Railroad, by Jack Clark.

MINERAL OF THE MONTH - CALCITE
Bring your specimens for show-and-tell, and discussion.




Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, 2020

  CANCELLED
25th Annual FOMS / Sterling Hill Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show, and Outdoor Swap.
Sponsored by the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society, Inc, and the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
CANCELLED
Show hours:
Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm; Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Swap-and-Sell hours:
Saturday, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm; Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

LOCATION
Littell Community Center (formerly the ‘Armory’),
10 Munsonhurst Road #12, Franklin, New Jersey.
Donation $6.00 per person, people under 14 FREE with paying adult.
Donation covers the indoor and outdoor event.




Saturday, April 25, 2020

  CANCELLED
Banquet and Auction
Saturday evening at the GeoTech Center, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Admission limited to 40 people.
Social hour: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
All-you-can-eat buffet: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Banquet Tickets are $20.00 each and include all food, coffee, tea, and soft drinks. BYOB!!
Silent Auction: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Live Auction: 7:45 pm.
Both auctions are for the benefit of the sponsors: FOMS and SHMM.




Saturday, April 25, 2020    **

  Annual Super Dig! (Postponed)
Franklin Mineral Museum, Franklin, N.J.
Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Earth Science Society (DVESS).
Visit www.superdiggg.com for more information, schedule, fees, and updates!




Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, 2020    **

  Sterling Hill Garage Sale
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Christiansen Pavilion, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.




Sunday, April 26, 2020    **

  Collecting on the Mine Run Dump and in the Fill Quarry, Passaic Pit, and “Saddle” area.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Sunday only.
9:00 am - 3:30 pm (Open to the public!)
Fees for mineral collecting:
$5.00 admission plus $2.00/lb for all material taken.




Sunday, May 3, 2020    **

  Noon - Annual Miners Day Tribute and Volunteer Appreciation Day
Franklin Mineral Museum.
Including special program and a concert by the famous Franklin Band.
!!! Attendance by invitation only. !!!




Saturday, May 16, 2020  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Hamburg Mine/Lang Shaft (private property)
Meet at the Franklin Mineral Museum at 8:30 am sharp, where participants will be escorted to the location.

Noon - 1:15 PM - Future Rockhounds of America
Meet in Franklin Mineral Museum’s Kraissl Hall
Parents are welcome to sit in the meeting room
For questions please contact Mark Dahlman at: fra@fomsnj.org or 301-428-0455

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Mill Site After Dark: the Rocks You Find, the Collections You Chase,
the People You Meet, and the Stories You Never Tell!,
by Jim Chenard.




Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 2020    **

  9:00 am - 5:00 pm - North Jersey Mineralogical Society Swap & Sell
Sterling Hill Mining Museum




Saturday, June 6, 2020    **

  7:30 pm - 11:00 pm - Night Dig on the Buckwheat Dump.
Franklin Mineral Museum.
Admission $10.00 adults, $8.00 children.
Poundage fee charged. Call for details: 973-827-3481.




Saturday, June 20, 2020  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Braen Franklin Quarry
Cork Hill Road, Franklin, N.J.
If gate is open, drive through and park to the left of the gate. Please don’t block the roadway.
Meet at the scale house to sign releases.
Hard hats, leather shoes (preferably steel tipped), gloves, and safety glasses required.
Participants MUST arrive by 8:45 am to register!
Members will then be escorted to the collecting site. Latecomers prohibited!

Noon - 1:15pm - Future Rockhounds of America
Meet in Franklin Mineral Museum’s Kraissl Hall
Parents are welcome to sit in the meeting room
For questions please contact Mark Dahlman at: fra@fomsnj.org or 301-428-0455

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Jasper from Around the World, by John Sanfaçon.

MINERAL OF THE MONTH - WILLEMITE
Bring your specimens for show-and-tell, and discussion.




Saturday, June 20, 2020    **

  Night Collecting on the Mine Run Dump and in the Fill Quarry, Passaic Pit, and “Saddle” area.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fees for mineral collecting:
$5.00 admission plus $2.00/lb for all material taken.
Eye protection, flashlight, hammer (carpenter’s claw hammers not allowed), and UV lamp advised.
!!! Open to Sterling Hill Mining Museum members only !!!




Wednesday to Sunday, July 22 to 26, 2020    **

  Note Date Change
2019 NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show
New Jersey Convention & Expo Center, Raritan Center
97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, N.J.
More information at their website: www.NYNJ.Show