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Lancaster, PA Symposium & Field Trip

November 13, 2021 - November 14, 2021


November 13-14, 2021

Symposium — Saturday, November 13 at the Bright Side Opportunities Center, 515 Hershey Ave, Lancaster, PA

Field Trip — Sunday, November 14 Location to be announced


The Friends of Mineralogy Pennsylvania Chapter 2021 Symposium will be held live and in-person on Saturday, November 13 at the Bright Side Opportunities Center, 515 Hershey Avenue, Lancaster, PA. You can also attend remotely via ZOOM, but you must register (see below) and notify for the link.


Peter Heaney, PhD, Penn State — Iris Agates and Cantor Dusts: The Textural Complexity of Agates

Bill Stephens, PG, Stephens Environmental — The Phoenixville Lead-Zinc Mines: World-Famous Pyromorphite and other minerals

Ryan Kerrigan, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown — The Geology of Corundum Hill, Chester County, PA – Serpentinites intruded by Pegmatites

William Kochanov, PG, Pennsylvania Geological Survey, Retired — Revisiting G33: The Hummelstown Hematite Locality

Ron Sloto, PG, West Chester University — Minerals of the Silver Hill Quarry, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Mineral collectors in attendance on Saturday will find many activities, including several talks by knowledgeable speakers on minerals, geology, and mining in Pennsylvania and beyond. Online attendance is also being planned. Numerous invited mineral dealers will be present, and there will be a silent auction, give-away table, refreshments, and plenty of opportunities for visiting with fellow enthusiasts. Lunch is available at restaurants within short driving distance, and there is adequate parking at the Bright Side Opportunities Center.

On Sunday, November 14, a field trip for those registered for the symposium will provide an opportunity for mineral collecting at a location to be announced. The field trip is open only to symposium registrants. Safety equipment will be required.

All interested mineral collectors are invited to register and attend. Below is a link to a fillable PDF symposium registration form. There are two ways of registering: (1) You can fill out the form online and save it as a PDF file, pay online using the PayPal link (there is a convenience fee), and email the registration form to OR (2) you can fill out the form online, print it, and mail it with a check to the address on the form.

Registration is $15/person for current FM-PA members; $5/person for college students; free for younger students; and $25/person for non-members. Parents must provide supervision of minors. Please register in advance

Presentations on Pennsylvania minerals or mineral localities, or other topics of interest to mineral collectors, are invited. Abstracts may be up to two pages and should include a title and the author’s name and affiliation as they should be presented. The final abstract for publication may include illustrations of sufficient resolution to look good in print; a biographical sketch and photograph of the author are also welcome, within the two-page limit. We provide an honorarium of $100 for each presentation. Contact Bill Stephens () or another Board member.


Bright Side Opportunities Center
515 Hershey Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603 United States
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(717) 509-1342
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