Orange County Mineral Society, Inc.

A Non-Profit Organization Established in 1953 In Orange County, New York

About Us

The Orange County Mineral Society was established in 1953 as a not for profit organization. The objective of the Society is to promote the hobby and to further the interests in the earth sciences.

This is accomplished by the use of educational programs of instruction in the fields of Mineralogy, Paleontology, Geology, The Lapidary Arts, and related fields. In addition, the Society promotes understanding through the use of lectures, field trips, shows, magazine usage, libraries, the internet and other related activities.

The Society maintains membership in the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Sciences, Inc. which is affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. This affiliation provides the Society with the necessary insurances and up to date research materials.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of each month at 7:30 pm in the Chester Senior Center, 81 Laroe Road, Chester, NY 10918.  If interested in learning more about the Society or becoming a member, please contact Mr. Mike Tedford 845-542-6441 or Click Here. 

Overview: The current Orange County Mineral Society has membership ranging from youngsters to senior citizens. All club members are encouraged to participate in all phases of club activities.

The children especially like the field trips, and gain extensive knowledge from attending meetings and participating in the club activities. Each club meeting brings us new knowledge by the education provided by our guest speakers and by hands on experience for both young and old.

Participation includes maintenance of the mineral displays for the County of Orange in the Natural History building in Museum Village, Monroe NY. Members may contribute articles for the monthly newsletter “Shale Mail”, and can cover any aspect of the earth sciences. We share knowledge and have available respected, knowledgeable individuals in our Mineral Group. 

Orange County Mineral Society


                                            President                                   Mike Tedford                

                                            VP/Program                              Gary Kerstanski                 

                                            2nd Vice President                  Alex Kerstanski             

                                            3rd Vice President                   Ryan Richardson          

                                            VP Emeritus/Historian           Frank Clyne                  

                                            Treasurer / Facebook             Ron Nelson                  

                                            Mineral Show Chairman        Ron Nelson                  

                                            Membership Comm. Chair    Brigitte Nesteroke

                                            Secretary                                    Position Open                 

                                            Shale Mail Editor                      Alison Pacut

                                            Webmaster                                Heather Shields 

                                            Field Trip Leader                      Frank Vigilante