The North Jersey Mineralogical Society is a charter member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies and is affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
The NOJMS is a 501 (c)3 Not-for-Profit educational organization. Our society started in 1945 and has been going strong ever since. In 2010, we celebrated our 65th Anniversary. A brief history of our club is shown on the lower half of this page.
Our goal is to bring together people who have a common interest in the study of earth sciences and mineral collecting in the Northern New Jersey area. Our mission is to educate our membership and others on how to preserve and document the geology and minerology of Northern New Jersey as well as to collect and preserve representative specimens from the area. Our club maintains an extensive LIBRARY (click for the entire list) as well as a small mineral display at the museum.
The NoJMS meets once monthly at The Paterson Museum. Our meetings are open to the public and include a social hour/mineral sale, business meeting, mineral madness and lecture. (see meetings page for details)
We strongly encourage our younger members to attend as the meetings are a great place to begin or add to your mineral collection and knowledge!
MEMBERSHIP has its perks!!!
NOJMS has many activities for our members throughout the year such as field trips, outings to museums and shows, an annual picnic and collecting day at Sterling Hill Mine and a holiday party for members. We also publish "The Treasure Chest", our monthly newsletter, which may be found on the "Newsletter" page. Lastly, we hold 3 shows per year to benefit the club. In the spring and fall, we host our annual all-outdoor Rock Swap-n-Sell in Riverdale, NJ, and in early spring, we sponsor our annual Clifton Indoor Rock, Gem and Mineral Show that features a wide variety of dealers, door prizes, and fee giveaways for the kids. Club members are very involved in running these shows.
If you like what you see so far and would like to become a member of NOJMS, you can join us today! Membership dues are $12 per year for a single adult, $18 per year for married couples, $5 per year for Junior members, and $6 per year for additional family members. Membership dues help pay for club activities, operating expenses, and insurance coverage for club outings. Paid members receive a membership card and club patch.
Our PRINTABLE Membership Application can be found by clicking HERE.
Current Officers: (2013-2014)
|1st Vice President||Jeff Wilson|
|2nd Vice President||Ron Schulz||E-Mail|
|Assoc. Treasurer||Juan Gonzalez||E-Mail|
|1st Year Trustee||Jess Jacobsen|
|1st Year Trustee||Bob Allen||E-Mail|
|2nd Year Trustee||Mike Machette|
|3rd Year Trustee||Bob Horn||E-Mail|
|3rd Year Trustee||Rolf Schudel||E-Mail|
|Webmaster/Field Trip Coordinator||Jeff Wilson|
|Newsletter Editor||Steve Wein||E-Mail|
Phone contacts for club information and questions: (e-mail is preferable)
Ron Schulz - (973) 713-9665
Jeff Wilson - (973) 293-7911
Bryan Davis - (862) 200-7625
History of the NOJMS:
The Paterson Museum was founded in the Paterson Library in 1927. Later, the museum relocated into the former Paterson Locomotive Shops on Market Street. Regular science discussion groups were held at the museum and on Dec. 21, 1944, a decision was made to form a mineral society. On Jan. 18, 1945, the first meeting of the new mineralogical society was held at the museum with museum curator William C. Casperson as acting chairman. On May 10, 1945, our name was officially adopted and Mr.Casperson was elected our first president. On Jan. 9, 1947 our constitution and by-laws were adopted.
(Membership Card circa 1968)
In the club's early years, the founders sponsored many field trips, occasionally hiring contractors to use dynamite and bulldozers to insure good collecting. In recent years, field trips have dwindled as liability issues, workman's compensation laws, and environmental regulations have placed constraints on how and where clubs like this one may collect specimens.
In recent years, our club has continued to arrange field trips, though on a very limited basis, to allow members the opportunity to obtain specimens from different locations in the area.
Our club now stresses the importance of proper labeling, identification, documentation and photographing of newly obtained specimens as the number of locations available to collect from continues to dwindle.
Many of our members specialize in the minerals of New Jersey and are a wealth of knowledge and information concerning them. Our club members have, in their collections, some of the best specimens of NJ traprock minerals and Franklin Flourescent minerals to be found anywhere. Other members have specimens of New Jersey Fossils in their collections. Still other members specialize in micromounts, lapidary and jewelry making. We have varied interests, but come together in the common study of earth sciences and geology.
There are still many good mineral and fossil specimens out there being located, collected and preserved through the work of our membership.
We are very proud of some past members of our society who, through diligence and hard work, found and documenteed new previously undiscovered minerals and have had the minerals named after them:
Johnbaumite - after John Baum
Gerstmannite - after Ewald Gerstmann
Hauckite - after Richard and Elan Hauck
Kraisslite - after Fred and Alice Kraissi
Paulmooreite - after Dr. Paul B. Moore
Petersite - after Tom and Joe Peters
Welshite - after Wilfred Welsh
Zigrasite - after James Zigras
We continue to influence our members and visitors to expand their knowledge in the mineral sciences and to understand the importance of preserving this record for future generations.
Prehnite (Paterson, NJ)