NORTH SHORE ROCK & MINERAL CLUB
First Church in Wenham
1 Arbot Street,
S. Hamilton, Ma 01982
Next Meeting On
“Topaz in New Hampshire"
Don Dallaire wil be out May speaker. Don lives in Chester, New Hampshire with his wife Kathy. He began collecting in 1971 and field collected in New England as well as New York, Michigan, Montana, Colorado, Arizona, California and Canada. When he found a wonderful purple fluorapatite at the Keyes mine in Orange, NH he began specializing in apatite as well as New Hampshire species. In addition, Don has minor concentrations in stibnite, pyrite, quartz as well as worldwide minerals. After a career in banking as a commercial lender he retired in 2001 and is now able to spend more time in the mineral field. Don has contributed articles to Rocks & Minerals magazine as well as being co-editor and author in the apatite issue of Lithography. He has been a member of the Capital Mineral Club in New Hampshire and served in various positions for over 40 years. Currently Don is on the Board of Trustees at the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum and serves as treasurer.
The talk is entitled “Topaz in New Hampshire" and is based on an article written by Don and Jim Nizamoff entitled “Topaz in New Hampshire’s White Mountains” that appeared in the November – December 2017 issue of Rocks & Minerals. The talk will include the first find in 1888 and continue through the years to the present. The geology of the topaz bearing area and the pegmatites in which it is found will be presented as well as some historical information on collectors and localities. An extensive review of the important topaz locations will be included with photos of several locations. Many photos of topaz and other related mineral specimens from several collectors will be shown to illustrate the variety and quality of topaz found in New Hampshire.
"Recording and Labelling your Collection"
Over the past 35 years I have collected thousands of rocks, minerals, fossils, mining antiques, and books on my hobby. Everything I own is recorded and cataloged. Why is this important as I am approaching the day when the collection must be sold, auctioned, our given to someone? What is it worth? Without records and details of where it came from, it is nothing more than a pile of rocks. Please bring a specimen for "show-and-tell" or something you use to maintain your collection.
See you there. - Tom
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MEETING. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE REFRESHMENT TABLE ALWAYS WELCOME! NO PEANUT PRODUCTS, PLEASE.
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