>Next Meeting: June, 5th, 2019< Minerals of Massachusetts
SPEAKER: Peter Cristofono
Minerals of Massachusetts
Massachusetts has a surprisingly large number of mineral species for a relatively small
state and boasts a long history of mineralogical discovery which continues to the present day. “Minerals of Massachusetts” is a pictorial survey of many of the state's minerals, from common rock-forming species to a variety of gemstones; and from metallic ores to rare and unusual collector specialties. The total number of minerals in Massachusetts is now 283, up from 165 species reported in 1985 by Dr. Carl Francis of Harvard in his “Checklist of Massachusetts Minerals.” Fluorescent, type, and radioactive species will also be discussed, along with laboratory testing methods, a look at unverified and questionable species, and tips on the best localities and geological environments for searching for additional minerals to add to the state's list.
Peter is a past president of both the Boston Mineral Club and Micromounters of New
England, and is the author of the book, Rockhounding New England (Falcon Guides/Globe Pequot Press, 2014). I'll bring some books for $20 each.
I plan to have some give-away specimens and perhaps a small display of thumbnail-size MA minerals.
I will have an assistant with me to help out with books, mineral samples etc.
Below is a picture of Babingtonite on Prehnite from West Springfield, MA.
I received a request from EFMLS to please get this out to our members. Their annual convention is being held in Goshen, NY this year - May 31 - June 3, 2019. It’s just about a 3 hrs. drive from Springfield. Thanks, Helen Click Here for>>> 2019 EFMLS Convention Form
Eastern Federation of Mineralogical & Lapidary Societies
EFMLS Monthly Newsletters <click here
Professor John Brady, of Smith Collage, received a CVMC Honorary Membership Award
on April 2 nd 2019.
“ Thank you so much for your very nice visit today. I was not prepared for what happened and am quite flattered that you all took the time to come and honor me in this way. I am very proud to be an Honorary Member of the club and hope to be able to live up to your recognition by helping the club with future activities.”
(Click Here to see Full Report by: Andy Brodeur & Wayne Corwin)
Education Committee - Boston Report by Fred Wilda - June 20, 2018
Our Trip to the Massachusetts State House <-click link) for the Presentation of
the “Significant Minerals of Massachusetts” State House Display Case!
From Mass Appeal - Monday March 5, 2018
"If you need a family activity this weekend, pick something that rocks!
Bob Colby and Fred Wilda, from the Connecticut Valley Mineral Club, previewed the Western Mass Mineral show – and they didn't come empty handed!"
The Education Committee is looking for club members who would like to participate in planning and producing educational materials and programs to help educate both members of the club and the public about Geology and Mineralogy.
Taking part in committee functions can make you a more successful collector.
Meetings held in Hadley. All are welcomed.
Call Fred Wilda at 413-586-6691 if you think you might be interested.
2017 Yearend collecting report by: Andy Brodeur
Members Photo's Page 120
By: Patrick O'Connor of “The Republican” newspaper. Published October 25 th 2017
Brag Night 2016 Photo's Page 2 - by: Wayne Corwin
Hardwick School Case Presentation
Left to Right: Elecia Bray, 4th Grade Teacher, Fred Wilda, President CVMC
And Jack Marcy, Education Committee Mineral Presentor
Mineral Case Presentation on June 10, 2014 by The CVMC to:
Hardwick Elementary School in Gilbertville, MA
Notice:Long time club member Warren Johansson has passed away.
The CVMC donated a
"Significant Massachusetts Minerals Case"
In Warren's Honor to the Petersham Library 11/12/14.
Fred and Wayne did a short mineral talk also.
(Click on photos to read more)
1921 - 2014 **** flowers the club sent
WELCOME TO THE
CONNECTICUT VALLEY MINERAL CLUB (CVMC)
About Us :
The Connecticut Valley Mineral Club was founded in 1940, dedicated to the study, appreciation and preservation of rocks, minerals, fossils and all aspects of Earth Science. We pass on our love of minerals to people of all ages with a special focus on schools with lectures and hands on presentations to students. We recently began a new project with the Significant Massachusetts Minerals Case for Schools that features all the Massachusetts state earth symbols as well as other minerals that were important to the history of the State.
A minimum of 5 of these Case are donated to local schools each year.
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Springfield Science Museum, Tolman Wing at the Quadrangle in Springfield, MA. Our meetings include occasional mineral presentations, general club business, and a room full of people willing to help you enjoy mineral collecting. In addition, we sponsor numerous field trips throughout the season, a yearly club picnic and our annual Mineral, Jewelry and Fossil Show.
Directions to our meeting location can be found here .
The CVMC takes a special interest in the preservation of local mineral sites and promotes good collecting habits within its membership as well as to individuals. We feel that the future of mineral collecting is our responsibility. Through good relations with land owners, education and ethical collecting habits we strive to keep our hobby alive and leave something behind for future generations of mineral enthusiasts to enjoy.
We are an informal and social group of all ages and backgrounds with a common interest in the earth and its wondrous treasures . We welcome visitors and encourage membership and once you meet us you will realize that you are never too old to get out and get dirty, we look forward to meeting you!
We are Members of the Eastern Federation of Mineral and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS) and American Federation of Mineral Societies (AFMS)
CVMC 2010 Annual Club Picnic Video
CVMC 2009 Club Picnic Video
Here's a sample of minerals our club members have collected: On Display at the Keene State Collage Library.
More photos of the display case (both photo's of the 2010 & 2011 case set-up's) can be
found by clicking here or on the above photo.
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