Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show!
The 55th annual Gilsum Rock Swap & Mineral Show features more than 65 rock and gem dealers, swappers, and collectors from around the world offering beryl, quartz crystals, fossils, meteorites, semi-precious stones, gemstone and wire-wrap jewelry, and rocks and minerals of all sorts. Displays range from newly found specimens in the rough to fossils, prized collector’s pieces and hand-crafted jewelry. This family event includes panning for minerals, a chicken barbeque, ham and bean dinner with homemade pies and more. The event takes place at the Gilsum Elementary School grounds, 640 Route 10 in Gilsum, NH. We are 8 miles north of Keene, and about 2 hours from Boston. Admission is free. Show hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday, rain or shine.
Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show to be Held June 22-23, 2019
Gilsum, NH — The town of Gilsum, located in the scenic Monadnock Region in southwestern NH, will once again host thousands of people from all over the U.S. who will attend the Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show. Here more than 65 dealers, swappers, distributors, wholesalers, and collectors can buy, sell, or swap beryl, quartz crystals, semi-precious stones, and rocks and minerals of all sorts. Displays range from newly found specimens in the rough to fossils, prized collector’s pieces and hand-crafted jewelry.
The event takes place at the Gilsum Elementary School grounds, Route 10 in Gilsum, just north of Keene, NH, and is about 2 hours from Boston. Show hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday.
Mineral collector and geologist Nancy Swing returns again this year with an all-new presentation on Herkimer diamonds, how they form and where to find them in the Northeast. Join Nancy Saturday at 1:00 pm in the Gilsum Elementary School auditorium – and get a free specimen!
Gilsum’s many mines operated until the 1940s and yielded feldspar, mica, and beryl. Most are now abandoned, although one, the Beauregard mine, is available to mineral clubs through prior arrangement. Today collectors prize other minerals such as beryl. Maps showing locations of local mines are available during the show.
Since the show’s inception, the town of Gilsum has opened its doors for the event. Activities include a presentation on prospecting Saturday, daily pancake brunch, bake sale, book sale, a traditional Saturday night New England ham and bean supper with homemade pies and a chicken barbeque dinner Sunday afternoon.
Admission is free, although donations are graciously accepted. All proceeds go to youth recreation and community programs.
For more information please contact Robert Mitchell at the Gilsum Recreation Committee,
P.O. Box 76, Gilsum, NH, 03448; call 603-357-9636; or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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