The Friends of Mineralogy (FM) is an organization devoted to the advancement
of serious interest in minerals and related activities. It consists of mineral
collectors, professional mineralogists and curators of public and private
collections. The bond uniting these people is a love of mineral specimens and a
desire to spread appreciation and knowledge of minerals. FM was formed in 1970
in Tucson, Arizona. An initial project was the establishment of
The Mineralogical Record.
The FM has had a
close and continuing association with The
Mineralogical Record and with Rocks & Minerals
Magazine. One of the organization's important activities has been support of
the two magazines as vehicles for the preservation and dissemination of
mineralogical information. This website is for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the
Friends of Mineralogy
2019 DUES ARE NOW DUE!
Dues for 2019 should be sent to Dianne Soccio, our Membership Chairperson.
Her address is on the Application / Member Data Form. Click on the link is below.
The Form is a fillable PDF form and can be filled out and saved on your computer snd printed.
Application / Member Data Form
This year we have two payment options:
(1) mail your dues and membership form to Diane or
(2) pay online and email your membership form to Diane.
NOTE: There is a $2 convenience fee for online payment.
Pay your dues online
Most Pennsylvania Geological Survey publications are available on the web for free as PDF files!
Pennsylvania Geological Survey publications
For example, Bob Smith's "Zinc and Lead Occurrences in Pennsylvania" (M72) sold for $13.50. Now you can download
the report and all of the maps as PDF files at
Zinc and Lead Occurrences in Pennsylvania
Don't forget about the online "Pennsylvania Geology"
USGS announces availability of every Pennsylvania topographic map ever published. Download for free at
Historical Topographic Map
and they are georeferenced!
Check out the July-August 2011 issue of the Mineralogical Record (vol. 42 no. 4). It contains an excellent article
on the Wood Mine in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, written by Wendell Wilson. There are several photographs of amazing brucite
specimens. Also included on page 314 is a photograph from the May 2010 FM-PESA field trip to the Wood Mine. George Loud is standing on
the side of a trench. Is that Arnold Mogel in the trench? Who else can we recognize in the photo?
A book on the history of the Cornwall Mines in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania was written by Bob Donley
from Cornwall, Pa., and Charles Boyer, a former Cornwall miner.
Charles Boyer and Robert Donley were raised in Cornwall, graduated from Cornwall
High School, and have been lifelong residents of the Cornwall area. Boyer is a
third-generation miner with decades of mining experience, and both Boyer and
Donley have a profound interest in preserving the history of the mine and
community. The images presented in Cornwall are from the collections of the
authors and local residents. The book is published by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series.
The book contains many pictures of the open pit mine, the underground operations, and the community. The book is titled "Cornwall"
and is sold by Arcadia publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com and by
and Barnes and Noble. The ISBN number is 13978-0-7385-7465-3.