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 28 and 29, 2018

  46th Annual NJ Earth Science Association Gem & Mineral Show
Held in conjunction with the
23nd Annual FOMS Spring Swap-and-Sell.

NJESA 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.

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.

A collaborate effort by the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society,
New Jersey Earth Science Association and
Sterling Hill Mining Museum, all non-profit organizations.
For more information: njesa.org

Saturday, April 28, 2018

  Banquet and Auction
Saturday evening at the GeoTech Center, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Admission limited to 60 people. Social hour from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm,
followed by an all-you-can-eat buffet from 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 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Live Auction begins at 7:45 pm.
Both auctions are for the benefit of all three show sponsors: NJESA, FOMS, and SHMM.

Saturday, April 28, 2018    **

  Franklin Mineral Museum, Franklin, N.J.
Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Earth Science Society (DVESS).
Preregistration required; see www.superdig.com for more information, schedule, fees, and updates!

Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, 2018    **

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

Sunday, April 29, 2018    **

  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 - 3:00 pm (Open to the public!)
Fees for mineral collecting:
$5.00 admission plus $1.50/lb for all material taken.

Sunday, May 6, 2018    **

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

Saturday, May 12, 2018    **

  9:00 am - 5:00 pm - North Jersey Mineralogical Society Swap & Sell
Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
(Rain date: Saturday, May 26)

Saturday, May 19, 2018  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  8:45 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!

Today’s Future Rockhounds of America meeting and FOMS meeting have been cancelled in favor of the Pete J. Dunn Memorial Service, which will be held at 12:30 pm in the Christiansen Pavilion of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum. FOMS members are welcome to attend this service but must contact Maureen Verbeek in advance by e-mail, at
Lunch will follow the service.

Saturday, June 16, 2018  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Hamburg Quarry of Eastern Concrete Materials, Inc.
Route 23 just north of Hamburg.
Meet at the scale house to sign releases.
Hard hats, leather shoes (preferably steel tipped), gloves, and safety glasses required.
Weight of individual specimens is limited to 25 lbs.
Bulk collecting/loading of specimens is strictly 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: Interesting Tidbits About NJ Zinc Company, by Peter Kern.

Saturday, June 16, 2018    **

  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm -- Night Collecting on the Mine Run Dump and in the Passaic Pit and “saddle” areas.
Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Fees for mineral collecting:
$5.00 admission plus $1.50/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. !!!