The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc

Speaker-in-Residence

We had planned to have Bob Jones as the Speaker in Residence for 2020 and then for 2021 since the 2020 Spring Session was cancelled due to COVID-19. The 2021 Spring Session was cancelled due to lack of interest

How many people do you know who have a mineral named after them? Bob has been writing about minerals most of his life. He is a founding member of Rock & Gem Magazine and has been disseminating his knowledge regularly for a national audience through publications for over 50 years. We are fortunate and grateful to continue to have Bob present at our Spring Semester every few years and the next time could be his last speaking engagement at Wildacres.

Proposed Talks from Bob Jones when he returns to Wildacres

Kartchner Caverns, Arizona
The discovery and development of one of the ten most beautiful caverns in the world.

Quartz
Everyone’s favorite mineral, it’s varieties, causes of color.

Black Smokers
The hydro-thermal vents in the ocean that are creating mineral deposits of the future.

Agate
Theories of formation, the history and noted localities of this beautiful form of quartz.

Tourmaline
The varieties of tourmaline, what causes of  color and well known localities.

My favorite Mineral Story
Some of the experiences that happened during my world travels.

are fortunate and grateful to continue to have Bob present at our Spring Semester every few years and the next time could be his last speaking engagement at Wildacres.