Orange County Mineral Society
254 Rt.17k Ste 204, Newburgh, NY 12550 www.orangecountymineralsocietynewyork.com
We are a mineral club whose main focus is on Orange County, and the surrounding area's minerals. Our goal is to share our knowledge and teach people about the history of the mines and mineralogy of Orange County. We also collect in in other various places throughout New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.
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We now meet the second Friday of every month, at the Greek Church on Goshen Tpk., 1/2 mile from Rt 211, begining at 6:30. All are welcome!
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 2250 Goshen Tpke, Middletown, NY
This is just up the road on rt 211 from Gander Mountain toward Montgomery.
When you get to the intersection of rt 211 (1.4 mi) and Goshen Turnpike, make a right toward Goshen.(1/2 Mile). The church is just past the I-84 overpass, just a short distance down the road. From Gander Mt it is 5 min (1.9 mi) via NY-211 W.
As you enter the driveway of the Church, veer right to side parking lot.
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2018 Dues are now due:
$12 individual and $15 family.
Change of meeting night from third to second Friday of each month.
Next meeting at Greek Church (see below)
May 11 2018 speaker:
Howard Heitner will speak on Minerals in 19th Century America, Scientists, Dealers and Collectors.
The 19th century saw the United States go from an agricultural country to a major industrial country. During this time there was steady interest in minerals. In the beginning of the century, minerals were considered objects of scientific interest. Most of the early mineralogists were medical doctors and later on university professors. Later private collectors came on the scene. In the last decade there was enough interest to sustain a journal, The Mineral Collector. These collectors were supplied by many dealers. Notable among these were Albert Foote, Henry Ward and George English.
The speaker has been a collector for over 55 years. He first became interested in the history of collecting after purchasing a collection containing a number of Foote specimens. He later wrote a number of articles in Matrix, a journal devoted to the history of collecting.
He is retired from Cytec Industries, where he developed chemicals used in mineral processing. He is currently the president of the Stamford Mineralogical Society.