Introduction to the Mary Bergman Hamilton Collection of Minerals
In 217, the children of Mary Bergman Hamilton donated her lifetime collection of minerals to the Show-Me Rockhounds. In order to share this gift with other rockhounds and interested earth science students, our club has put together this publication.
Mary had divided her collection into minerals she had purchased, those she had traded for, and those that she had found on rockhounding field trips. We have followed this same format in how we have organized this book. At the beginning of each section we have some tips for how you, as a rockhound, can add to your collection using these methods.
A number of the minerals in the collection fluoresce under short- or long-wave ultraviolet light. We have added a section to the book to highlight these minerals and explain a little about fluorescence.
We have a page showing the collection as it was displayed at the 60th Annual Kansas City Gem and Mineral Show in 2022.
Finally, there is a page of the book to emphasize the importance of good recordkeeping and labeling of a mineral collection. We show Mary’s method of index cards and mineral labeling.
We hope that this book will inspire both novice and experienced rockhounds by showing what a dedicated amateur can accomplish.
A cut and polished septarian nodule. First photographed under white light, then short wave ultraviolet light. It will be in the fluorescent mineral display at the 59th Gem & Mineral Show at the KCI Expo Center March 13th, 14th and 15th, 2020.
Various rocks and minerals from member collections-Display arranged by Steve
Show-Me Rockhounds – show-off some of their activities and display specimens of rocks and minerals. Credit for the display and arrangement goes to Steve. He put together two very nice posters showing some club activities including wire wrapping, field trips and related photos of interest. One poster asks it you might be a rockhound. All specimens are from Steve’s and other members collections. What a great variety! Something for everyone. Photos by Connie Snow
First timers get a lesson on how to wire wrap a cabochon or other polished stone. Club member Linda Nemechek has been making wire wrapped jewlery for some time. She graciously offered to have a class for club members interested in learning the craft. We may have another class in the future. All participants had a great time. Here are some photos of the event.
Club members show their finished wire wrapped pieces. Photos by Dan Snow