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 27 and 28, 2019

  47th Annual NJ Earth Science Association Gem & Mineral Show
Held in conjunction with the
24th 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.

NEW 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.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Earth Science Association, the Sterling Hill Mining Museum,
and the Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society, Inc.




Saturday, April 27, 2019

  Banquet and Auction
Saturday evening at the GeoTech Center, Sterling Hill Mining Museum.
Admission limited to 60 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 all three show sponsors: NJESA, FOMS, and SHMM.




Saturday, April 27, 2019    **

  Annual Super Dig!
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 27 and 28, 2019    **

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




Sunday, April 28, 2019    **

  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 $2.00/lb for all material taken.




Sunday, May 5, 2019    **

  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 18, 2019  --  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!

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: Fluorescent Minerals of Pennsylvania, by James Van Fleet.




Saturday, June 1, 2019    **

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




Saturday, June 15, 2019  --  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: The New Jersey Zinc Company Mining in the West, by Bernard Kozykowski.




Saturday, June 15, 2019    **

  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 !!!