Cover Image for the 2024 New England Mineral Conference, showing a beautiful multi colored tourmaline cluster in pinks greens and blues. The text next to it says - The 9th Annual New England Mineral Conference, May 17-19, Newry Maine, at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Conference Center at the Sunday River Resort. Pre-register by may 3, 2024 and save. Dealers, contact us! Featuring lectures, presentations, displays, exhibits, banquet, dealers' wing, hospitality suite, auctions, field trips, tech talks and more

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About the Conference

Lectures and presentations, banquet and awards ceremony, displays and exhibits, banquet, dealers, hospitality suite, silent and live auctions, field trips, technical session, museum visits and more…

Save the Dates

NEMC 2025: 
May 16, 17, 18, 2025
10th Annual Conference 

(pre-registration will begin 
December 1, 2024)

NEMC 2026: 
May 15, 16, 17, 2026
11th Annual Conference

Conference Event Schedule

Subject to Change

Friday, May 17, 2024 Schedule
  • Registration – 9:00am to 4:30pm, then 6:30 to 7:30pm
  • Maine Mineral & Gem Museum Visit – anytime from 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Exhibits and Displays – open at 12:00pm. Note: Closed in morning except to exhibitors and their assistants
  • Technical Sessions – from 12:30 to 3:30pm
  • Evening Banquet and MMGM Heritage Awards – 4:00 to 6:30pm Cash bar available (but doesn’t actually take cash! Bring credit card).
  • Conference Opening Session; Talks: Miners’ Update – 7:00 – 8:30pm
  • Dealers’ Wing – open into the evening starting at 8:30pm
  • Hospitality Suites – 8:45pm in the Dealer’s Wing

9:00 am – 4:30 pm: On-site registration will be open in the South Wing lobby! Between visiting dealers, seeing displays (open at noon) and taking an optional visit to the museum, swing by the conference area lobby in the South Wing and register for the full conference; or pick up your pre-registration packet. NOTE: Registrations for the banquet and Heritage Award Ceremony were available only through pre-registration through May 3. Registration will close during the banquet, and will re-open briefly from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

Please bring your AUCTION ITEMS to the auction donation area for cataloging. The auction donation area is located in the middle of the concourse between the hotel’s registration desk in the center of the site, and the NEMA conference registration table; near Grafton Room.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm: Maine Mineral & Gem Museum Visit Option
MMGM will open one hour early for NEMC registrants to visit; entry stays open through 3:00 pm. You may purchase a reduced rate entry through NEMC registration or arrive at MMGM with your name badge and purchase entry at their front desk. Plan for a minimum of one hour to visit the museum.

12:30 – 3:30pm: Technical sessions in the Grand Ballroom
There are several options of sessions for conference attendees!

  • 12:30pm – Sarah Hanson: “Mineralogy, Petrology, and Origin of Pegmatites in the Mojave Pegmatite District, Northwestern Arizona.”
  • 12:50pm – Jon Wallace: “Micrometeorites.”
  • 1:10pm – Alexander U. Falster: “Vaeyrynenite, a rare beryllium-manganese phosphate from the Emmons pegmatite and elsewhere.”
  • 1:30pm – Tom Mortimer: “The Audley Quarry, Merrimack, NH.”
  • 1:50pm – Don Dallaire: “Hurricane Mountain and Moat Mountain ‘jasper’.”
  • 2:10pm – Dwight Bradley: “Plate Tectonics and the Lithium Pegmatites of New England”
  • 3:00pm – Frank Perham (pre-recorded): “Maine Mining Musings” from NEMC2014

4:00 – 5:30 pm – “Cash Bar” but more accurately, “Credit/Debit Bar,” offered by Sunday River prior to the Banquet/Awards Ceremony. Note that in spite of the name “cash bar” Sunday River takes only digital payment forms; no cash/no checks. Make sure to bring a credit card, or buy a burner card if you want to purchase *anything* from Sunday River.

5:00 – 6:30 pm – Conference Banquet & MMGM Heritage Award Ceremony (note: registration is CLOSED during this time)
Tickets for the banquet were only available for purchase in advance via pre-registration (before May 3!)

6:30 – 7:30 pm On-site registration is open!

7:00 – 8:00 pm Conference Opening Session
“New England Mining & Museum Update – New England Miners” (Miners’ Talk)

8:30 pm and into the evening: Dealer’s Wing
The ‘Dealer’s Wing’ is open late into the night and throughout the conference. DEALER’S WING is open late into the night. Throughout the conference, this is not just about buying; it is a great time to ‘talk rocks.’

8:45p Hospitality Rooms:
Open in the dealer’s wing. Light desserts and beverages.

Saturday, May 18, 2024 Schedule
  • Lectures – 9:00am to 4:00pm
  • Auction drop-offs until 10:00am
  • Exhibits – All day
  • Auctions – 12:00 – roughly 6:00pm
  • Dealers and Hospitality Suites into the evening

8:00 am – 2:00 pm: On-site registration
Auction item drop-offs resume until 10:00 am – near the Grafton Room in the concourse between the conference’s registration table and the hotel’s registration desk.

9:00 am: Welcome Address – Jan Morrison, Executive Director

9:10 am – 12:00 pm: Lectures/talks – Grand Ballroom (with short break in between at emcee’s discretion)

  • Harold “Fritz” Moritz: “Battle of the Permian Period Pegmatites: Gillette Quarry vs Hewitt Quarry!”
  • Alexander U. Falster: “Lab Updates and New Instruments in the MP2 Research Laboratory at the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum – Bethel, Maine”
  • Paul Pinette: “’Mainely’ Porcupine Hill”

12:00 – 2:00 pm: Silent Auction
Start of the silent auction to benefit the conference. Please donate mineral items that we can auction – your items should be brought to the registration desk no later than 10:00 am on Saturday morning so we have time to catalogue, price, and display auction pieces.

Live auction items are also available for viewing at your leisure!

Lunch on your own (12-2)
The hospitality rooms are not open to conference attendees during this time period. The Dealers’ Wing is open.

2:00 – 4:00 pm: Lectures/Talks – Grand Ballroom

  • Woody Thompson: “Gardiner Gregory’s Historic Mineral Locality Photos”
  • Jim Nizamoff: “Basic Mineralogy of the Palermo Pegmatites, North Groton, New Hampshire”

Live Auction and Silent Auction: RIGHT after the Lectures!
The LIVE AUCTION to benefit the conference will begin about 10 minutes after afternoon lectures end. The live auction is one of the best parts of the conference!

The end of the SILENT AUCTION takes place about 5-10 minutes after the live auction finishes. Last chance to place your silent auction bids!

Dealer’s Wing – After Silent Auction and into the evening!
The ‘Dealer’s Wing’ is open late into the night and throughout the conference. DEALER’S WING is open late into the night. Throughout the conference, this is not just about buying; it is a great time to ‘talk rocks’.

6:30 pm – Hospitality Rooms:
Open in the dealer’s wing. Light appetizers and beverages.

Sunday, May 19, 2024 Schedule
  • Field Trip(s) – note NEW start time for this year
  • Maine Mineral & Gem Museum Visit

Field Trips – 9:30am to 4:00pm
The mine field trip location(s) will be announced at the conference.

11:00 am – 5:00 pm: Maine Mineral & Gem Museum Open for Visits
You may purchase a reduced rate entry through NEMC registration or arrive at MMGM with your name badge and purchase entry at their front desk. Plan for a minimum of one hour to visit the museum. Last entry is at 4:00 pm!

Important Conference Information

(more to come!)

Field trip(s) and Field Trip Lunch

Locations for field trips to mines for collecting will be announced at the Conference. These are usually trips to mines that are closed to the public, but mine owners generously give special entry to NEMC participants for one day of collecting. Mine rules apply at all sites, and liability waivers must be signed in advance. Field trip tickets and field trip lunches may be purchased through pre-registration, or on site through Saturday morning at noon.

Options for lunch this year include poultry, beef, and vegetarian.

Information for Dealers

Dealers: the available rooms on the first floor of the south wing are reserved exclusively for our dealers. When making reservations for rooms, dealers need to:

  1. First, talk with Jeff Morrison at 207.232.4973 or email him at jmorris7@maine.rr.com to request entry as a dealer and receive confirmation from him that you may be a dealer.
  2. When calling Sunday River (1-800-207-2365) note not only you are part of the NEMC2024 Group, but also that you are a Dealer and need a First Floor Room.
  3. Also, as you reserve your room, let Sunday River know if you will need a table rental (please copy this information to us so we can verify with Sunday River).
  4. Bring a doorstop, as the doors have pneumatic closures on them.
  5. We will have room signs for the hallway, so make sure we know what trade name wording you want on the sign – mail this information to Jan at nemineralinfo@gmail.com.

SCAM ALERT! SCAM ALERT! SCAM ALERT! If a ‘Kim Allen’ (or anyone other than Jeff or Jan) posts that “we are still accepting vendors and to send all your info to her”, know that she/he/they/it is a scammer and/or a bot. This entity will try to get you to send them a check or other form of payment. It is also likely this scammer(s) will pop up in another persona – it’s a frequent problem with mineral shows. The ONLY way to vend at the conference (and tailgates too!) is to contact Jeff directly. Do not be fooled! Email or call Jeff or Jan ASAP, or find us at the conference and tell us in person if you have seen this scam in action. Click here for more about this issue on the NEMA FaceBook page.

Reservations at Sunday River Resort

Reservations can be made to stay at Sunday River Grand Summit directly by calling their Reservations Department at 1-800-207-2365.

Be sure to refer to the NEW ENGLAND MINERAL CONFERENCE 2024 GROUP when making your reservation so you will qualify for the special group rate. Note that it is questionable if the on-site restaurants at Sunday River will be open during the conference; they are, however, several restaurants in the Newry and Bethels areas that will be open through the event. It is not required that you stay on site; some attendees that need lodging prefer to secure it at other locations (hotels, VRBO, AirBnB, etc).

Conference attendees-are generally housed in the northern wing of the facility. If you have special needs for site access, please let the Reservations Department know so they can appropriately accommodate.

If you are not a dealer and are given or request a room on the first floor of south wing, understand that this is the section reserved for dealers, and that you may be moved for us to be able to accommodate the dealers that sign up for this year’s conference.

Volunteers

There are several options for volunteering at the conference or conference-related events. If you have been a volunteer before for NEMA, please get in touch with Jan at nemineralinfo@gmail.com.

Auction

Please consider any mineral items you may have for donation (specimens, books, photographs, vintage magazines, and other odds and ends) that we can auction off. Check out our photo gallery of some of 2023’s auction pieces! We’ll ask you to bring to registration desk on Friday, and no later than 9:00 am on Saturday morning so we have time to catalogue, price, and display auction pieces. Live auction items will be available for viewing on Saturday afternoon. Live auction and silent auction will take place after the 2:00-4:00 pm talks on Saturday.

Museum Visits

The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum (MMGM) is opening an hour early for NEMC registrants to visit. Entry to the Museum will remain open through 3:00 pm. You can visit the museum more than once, but will need a ticket for each entry; each NEMC registrant will receive the reduced rate for each visit. Targeted times for visits are on Friday from 9:00 am – 4:00 p and Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

You may purchase and attend both a Sunday Museum visit and a Mine Collecting Field Trip option and do them in either order. Time frames for attending will remain as 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for mine field trip and 11 am – 5:00 p for the museum.

Tickets may be purchased through pre-registration, or you may present your NEMC 2024 registration badge for a reduced entry fee on site at the Museum for entry.

You can also become a member of the museum with membership fees as low as $35 annually; all membership levels gain you unlimited entries (and more) to the museum. Check out becoming an MMGM Member here.

Banquet and MMGM Heritage Award Ceremony

There will be a dinner banquet held on Friday evening from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in the ballroom. We are delighted to host the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum’s Heritage Awards Ceremony during this time. Tickets for the banquet *must* be purchased as a pre-registration item by May 3; they will *not* be available at on-site registration. There is a specific line on the registration form for those who want only to purchase banquet tickets.

Technical Sessions

We will once again offer education to adults in the form of a technical session with consecutive talks of a more technical level and one or two educational talks offered in the afternoon. These talks will take place somewhere in the noon to 4:00 pm time frame. As soon as we have solid timing, we will let you know. Ditto on topic titles. Attendance at the technical session is included in both the two-day and three-day conference options.

Other 2024 Activities

We are hopeful that those that have volunteered for Education Day in the past will come once again to the June 8, 2024 tailgate and/or the September 14, 2024 tailgate, and set up your educational station there!  Please let Jan know your interest and willingness by emailing her at nemineralinfo@gmail.com, and put KID’s ACTIVITIES in the subject line.

If you want to be a dealer at either of the tailgates (June 8 or September 14, 2024), please contact Jeff by email at jmorris7@maine.rr.com, or by phone at 207.232.4973. Note that Jan, the executive director of NEMA, does *not* handle dealers sign up.

2023 Conference Photo Gallery

Below: Highlights from Day One

Below: Highlights from Day 2

Below: Highlights from Day 3 (Field Trips!)

Below: A small showcase of the many donated 2023 conference auction items

SAVE THE DATE!

10th Annual New England Mineral Conference:
May 16 – 18, 2025

11th Annual New England Mineral Conference:
May 15 – 17, 2026

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