Geofest is February 17-19 at the Indiana State Museum


Indiana State Museum
Indiana State Museum

Calling all rock hounds, fossil hunters, jewelers, scouts and families!

Indiana State Museum’s GeoFest slated for February 17, 18 and 19

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana State Museum will host its 15th annual fossil, gem and mineral show GeoFest on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place in the museum, located at 650 W. Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis.

GeoFest, presented by Indiana-based Irving Materials, Inc. (IMI) will feature geology experts, exhibitors, chances to win geo prizes and hands-on activities that include making your own geode, discovering how rocks and minerals are used in everyday life, building crystalline structures and comparing your speed against ice age animals. Participants will also have the chance to explore the museum’s natural history galleries.

“GeoFest is a great opportunity to see and buy amazing gems, minerals and fossils, and to learn about the Earth through our exhibitions and special activities offered by the museum and earth science organizations from throughout the state,” said Peggy Fisherkeller, curator of geology. “Many of the exhibitors will have just returned from one of the country’s premiere gem and mineral shows in Tucson, Arizona, so GeoFest will be the first opportunity to see treasures from all over the world.”

This year’s participants are listed below:

NAYAB Gems and Minerals
Khyber Gemstones
Jox Rox
Nature’s Spectrum Gems
Harris Precht Minerals
Oh My! Jewelry
Hi Ho Gems and Crystals
Lavin’s Gems and Jewelry
M&R Trading, Inc.
Savage Creations
Kathleen Clausen
Indiana Gold Prospectors
Wonders of the Earth
Karen Angela Cox-Ford
Transparent Gem
Michigan Rocks and Minerals
All My Relations
Woodies Rock Shop
Crawfordsville Crinoids

Professional Geologists of Indiana
Indiana Geological Survey
Friends of Mineralogy
500 Earth Science Club and Indiana Society of Paleontology

GeoFest is included with museum admission. Group rates are available. School group and home school group reservations are required to receive free admission. A scout admission price of $5 per person for all scouts and their families is being offered.

For more information, please call the museum at 317.232.1637 or visit online at

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The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage.

Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show 2017

Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show

Gilsum Rock Swap and Mineral Show to be Held June 24-25, 2017

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.

On Saturday at 1:00 PM in the auditorium, James Tovey, owner of Toveco, will show how a freshly mined mineral specimen from the local Tripp Mine moves from rough specimen to fine gemstone jewelry. This presentation is free. Don’t miss “From rough gemstone to finished jewelry.”

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

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