Next Meeting: Sunday, September 14, 2014 - Annual Meeting, Picnic and Silent Auction

There is no regular 1st. Monday meeting at Deerfield in September

For more info, directions & map go to Meetings

SAMS Field Trip: September 27, 2014 Willis Mountain Kyanite Mine, Virginia

DIXIE MINERAL COUNCIL Field Trip: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Sandersville, Georgia

Photos from S.A.M.S. 2011 Annual Meeting and Picnic at Lake Julian & S.A.M.S. at Hey Day
Nantahala Field Trip Photos


Welcome to the online home of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society. We are organized to promote popular interest and education in the various earth sciences, in particular, mineralogy; to foster exchange of knowledge of lapidary techniques; and to promote good fellowship.

Founded in 1931, we are one of the oldest mineral societies in the nation, with membership extending into many states. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, it is in the center of an area which has the largest variety of gems and minerals in the country. S.A.M.S. is a nonprofit organization whose membership is open to all interested applicants. New members, young and old, from near or far are welcome to join our club and will benefit from the following:

Monthly Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month except January and September at Tuton Hall Community Center, Deerfield Retirement Community, Asheville, North Carolina at 7:00 p.m. The meetings include all facets of information about gems, minerals and related subjects. Guest speakers include professional geologists, mineralogists, gemologists, mining specialists, and knowledgeable "rockhounds". Visitors and guests of all ages are always welcome. Here is a Map of the meeting site.

Field Trips to limited access and historic collecting sites take place most months for members. In addition to field trips led by our leaders, members may also attend field trips of the Dixie Mineral Council, which are official trips of the S.A.M.S.

Liability Insurance provided by the S.A.M.S. through the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies covers members at club field trips and meetings.

Why, Mary, fancy meeting you here...

A Newsletter, the Mountain Mineral Monthly, published monthly, provides information about upcoming meetings and events, including detailed information about field trips, original articles by members and news of the Society's activities are featured. The newsletter is available via regular mail or e-mail.

S.A.M.S. members support various civic activities and celebrations throughout the year. Many members volunteer at the Nature Center's "Hey Day" and the Colburn Earth Science Museum's "Gem Fest". At these "Pee Wee" mines, children mine for mineral specimens which are identified and bagged, and they often form the nucleus of a collection.

Membership is available at the following annual dues levels:

Individual Adult $20.00
Family (adults and children 12 and under) $26.00
Junior (ages 13-18) $ 5.00
Contributing $25.00 or more

Please note that annual membership begins in January and dues for new members joining later in the year will be prorated quarterly.

Print out this Membership Form and mail to:

Southern Appalachian Mineral Society

P.O. Box 15461

Asheville, NC 28813

For further information call: (828) 628-2422 or (828) 670-1996


Illustrations with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.


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