Members belong to the Friends of Mineralogy either through one of its several regional chapters or as a national member.  Most of the chapters hold or co-sponsor annual symposia.

Listed chronologically below are symposia that should be of interest to many FM members. Non-FM symposia in North America will be listed as time permits. This webpage was created in late September 2017. It will take some time to populate this page with all the meetings that have not yet happened.

39th Annual FM-MSA-TGMS Tucson Mineral Symposium


Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018, From 10 AM – 2 PM, in the Crystal Ball Room of the Tucson Convention Center; Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Show®.

Sponsored by: The Friends of Mineralogy, the Mineralogical Society of America and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society.

Organizers: Virgil Lueth,, and John Rakovan,

Description: The thirty-ninth annual symposium held in conjunction with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® will take place on Saturday, 10 February, 2018. The symposium is cosponsored by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, the Friends of Mineralogy, and the Mineralogical Society of America. As a tie in with the show, the symposium theme is the same as the show theme: “Crystals and Crystal Forms”. The speaker program can be downloaded here: The 39th Annual FM-MSA-TGMS Tucson Mineralogical Symposium

Speakers and topics

9:55 AM Introductory Statements – John Rakovan

  1. John Rakovan Crystals and Crystal Forms 10:00
  2. Pete Richards Distorted Crystals 10:15 (1/2 hour talk)
  3. Terry Huizing Calcite Twins 10:45
  4. John Jaszczak Sphalerite & Wurtzite polytypism and morphology 11:00
  5. Virgil Lueth Pseudomorphs of Magdalena 11:15
  6. 11:30-12:00 Break
  7. Herwig Pelckmans Multiple Forms on Isometric Crystals 12:00
  8. Marcus Origlieri Crystal Drawing Programs and the AMCSDB 12:15
  9. Barb Dutrow Hemimorphism: Symmetry and Forms in Tourmaline 12:30
  10. John Jaszczak Breaking the law: exceptions to the classical laws of crystallography 12:45
  11. William Cordua The many forms and habits of Chalcocite at the Flambeau Mine 1:00
  12. Boris Kantor Dendrites 1:00 – 1:15


2018 Midwest Chapter, Friends of Mineralogy Mineral Symposium

March 10, 2018, Oxford, OH. 6th Annual Midwest Mineralogical Symposium, sponsored by the Friends of Mineralogy, Cincinnati Mineral Society and Miami University Geology Department. Meeting Location: Shideler Hall, 250 S. Patterson Ave., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.  Info. Randy Marsh,, or   The speaker program will be posted after confirmation

2018 Tellus Mineral Symposium

100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, GA 30120, March 24-25, 2018, Saturday-Sunday, 9 AM – 5 PM

 Theme: Southeastern Minerals

26th Annual 2018 Minerals of Arizona Symposium

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th April 2018, Phoenix, AZ  Theme: Grand Reef mine, Arizona

more information at:

Rochester Mineralogical Symposium

45th Rochester Mineralogical Symposium. April 19-22, 2018. Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport at 175 Jefferson Road Rochester, NY 14623

More information can be obtained at

New England Mineral Conference

The SIXTH ANNUAL NEW ENGLAND MINERAL CONFERENCE, on May 11, 2018 to be held at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel & Conference Center, Sunday River, Newry, Maine

More information can be obtained at 

2018 Dallas Mineral Collecting Symposium

The Dallas Mineral Collecting Symposium will be held August 24-26, 2018 at the Charles W. Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, across from the Renaissance Hotel, Richardson, TX 75082

Dallas Mineral Collecting Symposium 2018 speaker lineup

Alain Martaud: French Fluorite Mines and Mining

Eloise Gaillou: European Treasures in the Paris Museums

Peter Lyckberg: Kongsberg – King of Silver Mines

Bob Jones: Around the World in 80 Years

Dr. Robert Bowell: Cornwall: Mining and History

Dr. Andreas Stuckl: Swiss and Alpine Treasures

Renato Pagano: Italian Sulfurs and Sulfur Mining

Michael Rumsey: European Classics in the British Museum

More information can be found at

2018 Friends of Mineralogy, Pacific Northwest Chapter Symposium

44rd Annual Symposium, Kelso, WA (north of Portland, OR), 2nd weekend in October, 2018.

There will be more information at

2018 Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Mining and Mineral Symposium
2nd Weekend in October 2018 Butte, MT, Field Trips and lectures

For information about the program  click here.

2018 The Friends of Mineralogy, Pennsylvania Chapter Mineral Symposium

First weekend in November, 2018; Franklin and Marshall College. Lancaster, PA. Doors open 8:30 a.m.; Symposium 9:00 – 4:00, Sales by Select Dealers – Silent Auction – Give-away Table – Meet Fellow Collectors.

For more information, a flyer will be available here later:

2018 The New Mexico Mineral Symposium

39th Annual Symposium, Macey Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, Socorro, New Mexico, 2nd weekend in November 2018. For more information contact: Dr. Virgil Lueth, There is more information at symposium



Past Symposia