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, September 23, 2017

  The FOMS Annual Banquet starts at 6:30 pm on Saturday at the Lyceum Hall of the Immaculate Conception Church,
located at the south end of Franklin’s Main Street.
Tickets may be obtained at the FOMS show table for $20.00.
The meal is an all-you-can-eat buffet; soda, tea, and coffee are included.
• BYOB •
After the banquet there will be an auction for the benefit of the FOMS.
Please plan on donating a good specimen, artifact, book, etc.!

Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2017    **

Sponsored by the Franklin Mineral Museum.
Littell Community Center (formerly the ‘Armory’),
10 Munsonhurst Road #12, Franklin, New Jersey.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday (indoors).
10:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday (indoors).
The ticket price covers the show, The Pond outdoor swap.
$7.00 per day for adults, $4.00 per day for children (6-16).

Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24, 2017    **

  Events at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
For more information, please call: (973) 209-7212.
Or you can visit the website at

Saturday, October 21, 2017  --  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.
Safety equipment requirements such as hard hats, leather steel-tipped shoes,
gloves and glasses will be rigidly enforced.

Future Rockhounds of America
Is cancelled this month, it will resume in November.

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: Raman Spectroscopy of Franklin-Sterling Hill Minerals, by Dr. Earl Verbeek.

Saturday, October 21, 2017    **

  6:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Nighttime Mineral Collecting, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Collecting permitted on the Mine Run Dump and in the Passaic Pit and "saddle" areas.
For museum members only.
$5.00 admission fee plus $1.50 for each pound of material taken.
For more information, call 973-209-7212.

Saturday, October 28, 2017    **

  28TH Annual ULTRAVIOLATION, a Show-Swap-Sell Session featuring fluorescent minerals only.
First United Methodist Church, 840 Trenton Road,
Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania.
9:00 am - 4:00 pm, $2 donation.
“If your rocks don’t glow, you’re at the wrong show.”
Table space available. For information call, 856-663-1383
or e-mail ultraviolation@yahoo.com.

Saturday, November 4, 2017    **

  7:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Night Dig on the Buckwheat Dump, for the benefit of the Franklin Mineral Museum.
Doors open at 6:30 pm for check-in and mineral sales.
Admission $10.00 adult, $8.00 children 3-12 years of age.
Poundage fee charged. Call for details: 973-827-3481

Saturday, November 18, 2017  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

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

Noon - 1:15pm - 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: Reminiscences of the Mill Site, Part II, by Jim Chenard.

Saturday, December 2, 2017    **

GeoTech Center, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Lunch will be served ($10.00 contribution).
• BYOB •
Reservations necessary! Please contact Howie Green: royalp53@verizon.net