FOMS Archive of Events


This is an archive page of scheduled activities of the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society Inc. - FOMS, including meetings, field trips, and other events. The event archive has events since 2014, including future events, if the current year is selected.

For the list of upcoming events, please follow the link to Upcoming FOMS Events.



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Events for the year 2020


Saturday, March 21, 2020  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  CANCELLED
9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at Sterling Hill Mining Museum
Collecting permitted on the Mine Run Dump and in the Fill Quarry, Passaic Pit, and “Saddle” area.
$5.00 admission fee plus $2.00 for each pound of material taken.
CANCELLED
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
CANCELLED
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM - FOMS Meeting, Franklin Mineral Museum.
Lecture: True Franklin and Sterling Stories, Old and New, by Richard Bostwick.




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, 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

  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 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

  CANCELLED
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.
CANCELLED
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
CANCELLED
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    **

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




Saturday, June 6, 2020    **

  CANCELLED
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

  CANCELLED
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!
CANCELLED
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
CANCELLED
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    **

  CANCELLED
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 !!!




Saturday, July 11, 2020

  9:00 am - 1:00 pm - First Annual FMM reopening workday
Volunteers are needed to help the museum get ready to open.
All tools will be provided, chores divided up as needed, based on how many willing hands we can muster. Work gloves and face masks required. Hats and sunscreen recommended. 
Water, but no food provided.
To sign up please contact Steve Phillips: phamilyminerals@gmail.com or 973-670-1167.




Saturday, August 1, 2020    **

  The Franklin Mineral Museum will be open for a one-day rock collecting event
The Buckwheat Dump will be open for collecting from 12-5 and then from 7-11 for a night dig.
Cost is $12/Adult and $10/Child.
Rock poundage is $2/lb for day time and $4/lb during night dig.
All NJ COVID guidelines must be followed.
Collectors may bring their own tools, but carpenters hammers are not allowed. Safety glasses must be worn if using tools.
Any questions call 973-827-3481 and someone will get back to you.




Saturday, September 5, 2020    **

  The Franklin Mineral Museum will be open for a one-day rock collecting event
The Buckwheat Dump will be open for collecting from 12-5 and then from 6-10 for a night dig.
Cost is $12/Adult and $10/Child.
Rock poundage is $2/lb for day time and $4/lb during night dig.
All NJ COVID guidelines must be followed.
Collectors may bring their own tools, but carpenters hammers are not allowed. Safety glasses must be worn if using tools.
Any questions call 973-827-3481 and someone will get back to you.




Saturday, September 19, 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.
PROPER WEARING OF MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
REQUIRED FOR ALL ACTIVITIES.

!!!FOMS MEETING AND SPEAKER TBD!!!




Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, 2020    **

  Mineral sale at the Franklin Mineral Museum from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 2020

  64th ANNUAL FRANKLIN-STERLING GEM & MINERAL SHOW
Sponsored by the Franklin Mineral Museum and the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society.
Please check back as we get closer to the show date for any changes.
We will be requiring masks outside and we will be providing some face shields for those who can't wear one. In addition, we will have plentiful amounts of hand sanitizer available at all entry points and elsewhere around the show.
Food will be sold at the pavilion in Firemen's Memorial Park, proceeds to benefit the Franklin Fire Department.

NEW LOCATION
The Swap-and-Sell
takes place outdoors in the Firemen’s Memorial Park, Parker Street, Franklin, NJ.
(Across the street from the firehouse, 137 Buckwheat Road, Franklin, NJ 07416).
9:00 am - 5:00 pm on Saturday
10:00 am - 4:00 pm on Sunday.
The ticket price covers the outdoor swap:
$7.00 per day for adults, $4.00 per day for children (6-16).


Show admission required.

Outdoor Vendors
Space available, for information e-mail: gsmoldovany@gmail.com




Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 2020    **

  Garage sale and mineral collecting at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
For more information, please call: (973) 209-7212.
Or you can visit the website at
www. sterlinghillminingmuseum.org




Wednesday to Sunday, September 30 to October 4, 2020    **

  2020 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




Saturday, October 3, 2020    **

  The Franklin Mineral Museum will be open for a one-day rock collecting event
The Buckwheat Dump will be open for collecting from 12-5 and then from 6-10 for a night dig.
Cost is $12/Adult and $10/Child.
Rock poundage is $2/lb for day time and $4/lb during night dig.
All NJ COVID guidelines must be followed.
Collectors may bring their own tools, but carpenters hammers are not allowed. Safety glasses must be worn if using tools.
Any questions call 973-827-3481 and someone will get back to you.




Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, 2020    **

  NORTH JERSEY MINERALOGICAL SOCIETY SWAP.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm --- Sterling Hill Mining Museum.




Saturday, October 17, 2020  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  9:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Field Trip - Collecting at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Collecting permitted on the Mine Run Dump and in the Fill Quarry, Passaic Pit, and “saddle” area.
Admission fee waived. $2.00 for each pound of material taken.
For more information, call 973-209-7212.
PROPER WEARING OF MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING
REQUIRED FOR ALL ACTIVITIES.

!!!FOMS MEETING AND SPEAKER TBD!!!




Saturday, October 17, 2020    **

  3rd Annual South Jersey Gem, Jewelry, Mineral & Fossil Outdoor Show
Location: 1721 Springdale Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08054
Show Time: Saturday @ 10:00am - 5:00pm
Rain Date: October 18, 2020
Free Admission. Face Coverings Required.




Saturday, November 7, 2020  --  FOMS Field Trip / Meeting

  11:00 AM - Noon - FOMS Meeting.
At the Franklin Mineral Museum Pavilion.
PROPER WEARING OF MASKS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING




Saturday, November 7, 2020    **

  The Franklin Mineral Museum will be open for a one-day rock collecting event
The Buckwheat Dump will be open for collecting from 12-5 and then from 6-10 for a night dig.
Cost is $12/Adult and $10/Child.
Rock poundage is $2/lb for day time and $4/lb during night dig.
All NJ COVID guidelines must be followed.
Collectors may bring their own tools, but carpenters hammers are not allowed. Safety glasses must be worn if using tools.
Any questions call 973-827-3481 and someone will get back to you.