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Photos from Charles Calkins' Rock Lore (March 2011) article on photographing minerals.

Photo setup 
Depth of field 
Rutile on Hematite 
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A roadcut in Arkansas. 
Learn about and collect minerals. 
One miner's trash is a rockhound's treasure. 
St. Louis is a great base camp for rockhounds. 
Falling Springs Quarry, in nearby Dupo, Illinois. 
Cephalapod Fossil, Washinton University Museum 
Pyrite Dollars, found only in Randolph County, Illinois 
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Welcome to our web site! We are The St. Louis Mineral & Gem Society, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. The "Gateway to the West" is also close to lots of interesting geology! Geodes, crystals, archeological super-sites, minerals, and fossils (some around 2 billion years old!) are day trips away from our front door. We meet at Washington University, near Forest Park, and take advantage of the experts who teach there. From an analysis of local flooding to a guided tour of the Mars Observers' trips on Mars, speakers share their knowledge with us. These pages will give you a glimpse of who we are and what we are about.


STLMAGS meeting

Come and join us on First Fridays from September through May for a great time learning, fellowshipping, and supporting educational outreach programs across the area. Learn about us here and we look forward to meeting you soon! (And the snacks are just as outstanding as the programs!) Visitors are always welcome!

Near or far, we'll collect it!

No rockhound is ever truly happy until they have enough rocks stored around the house to hold it down in the event of a tornado! We have monthly field trips; most of the time we are collecting, but sometimes we do go just to learn! From minerals to fossils to geodes to quartz crystals (in Arkansas!), you can join us stooped over having fun. Kids are welcome most of the time too!

Pebble Pups is hands-on!

Pebble Pups, our group for kids twelve and under, meets next-door to the main meeting for hands-on learning while the rest of us slog through the treasurer's report and such. They then re-join us for snacks and the program. Each year at our November annual show, the Pebble Pups work to put together a display case of the specimens they have accrued over the past year.

Shows feature displays and sales booths.

Every November The St. Louis Mineral & Gem Society sponsors a Mineral, Gem, & Fossil Show and Sale. In addition to seeing hundreds of specimens and free "Rock Collection Starter Kits" for the kids, members put together display cases from their own collections. A great family outing!

Lots of great things to see around St. Louis!

  • Information for those of you visiting St. Louis. Local attractions, many of which are free, and informational web links for all ages. Includes four printable pages of "local" self-guided field trips for rockhounds!
  • Links of interest to rockhounds from all over the world. Museums, publications, fossils, minerals, rockhounding, DIY, organizations and more!
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Passing of Ed Wojciechowski - Friday, March 6, 2015
With great sadness I announce that Ed, a former president of our club, passed away after a long, hard struggle with cancer on Sat, February 28th, 2015.

A memorial/celebration of life for Ed will be held on Saturday, March 14th from 6-8pm at the UAW Union Hall, Local 2250 located @ 1395 East Pearce Blvd, Wentzville, MO 63385. Let's have a big turnout from our club!

Memorials may be made to Five Acres Animal Shelter. The club will send a contribution in honor of Ed.

Condolences may be sent to Ed sister, Janice Costa at 6850 Eric Ln., Wheatland, CA 95692. 
Rock Tumbling Presentation - Thursday, February 5, 2015
Our club president, Deb Stahl, gave a presentation on rock tumbling at a recent meeting. Her pictures (gorgeous!!) & notes are here:!67984&authkey=!AIEixkyzALsv_ok&ithint=file%2cpptx

Caution: it's big, so give it time to download.
Membership Renewals Due - Thursday, January 1, 2015
Dues were due January 1st.  A membership form can be downloaded from the About Us page in the Public Information section.  (The form is dated 2013, but it is still valid.) 
Rock Lore Added to Web Site - Thursday, May 2, 2013
A Rock Lore page has been added to the Members Only section of this web site.  Members can download any 2013 issues, including the May issue that was sent out today. 
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