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New Jersey Earth Science Association Show

Last Updated: 7th Jun 2011

By Joseph Polityka

Every year we look forward to the two great minerals shows that occur in Franklin, New Jersey in April and September. The April show is sponsored by various organizations affiliated with Franklin and Sterling Hill as is the September show. Both shows are held at the Franklin Borough School located at 50 Washington Street.

The show has two components: an indoor setup of about 30 dealers and and an outdoor swap-sell area which, in the past, has attracted over 100 tailgaters and dealers. Setup at the outdoor swap area starts very early in the morning and some people line up the night before to get the better spots. There is a fee charged, according to your number of tables, for setting up in the swap-sell area.
The Sterling Hill Mining Museum and Franklin Mineral Museum both have mineral sales throughout both days and are open for tours.
The parents of the school children man a food service area in the school cafeteria which serves sandwiches, soups and chile throughout the day. A mobile cart regularly visits the swap-sell area and serves typical push cart food such as hot dogs, beverages and egg sandwiches.

The show is a lot of fun and bustles with activity throughout both days. The show attracts a lot of collectors from the Northeast and attending is anticipated by collectors as the show approaches.

PLEASE LEFT CLICK ON THE PHOTOS TO SEE A LARGER IMAGE.

WE JUST PULLED OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY AND ARE ON OUR WAY TO FRANKLIN, NEW JERSEY.

April 30, 2011 and I am on my way to the Franklin, New Jersey Show.


THE DELAWARE WATER GAP ON THE BORDER BETWEEN PENNSYLVANIA AND NEW JERSEY.

Crossing the Delaware River into New Jersey


ANDOVER, NEW JERSEY, SITE OF THE FAMOUS IRON MINE.

April 30. 2011. Approaching the old iron mining town of Andover, New Jersey


I HAVE SEEN THIS HOUSE ON ROUTE 517 MANY TIMES AND IT STILL FASCINATES ME BECAUSE IT SITS ON AN OUTCROP OF FRANKLIN MARBLE.

House built upon a marble outcrop on Route 517 near Franklin, New Jersey


THE SIGHT OF THE FRANKLIN POND MEANS YOU ARE CLOSE TO THE SHOW. IN FACT IT IS ABOUT A QUARTER MILE AWAY.

Fanklin Pond, Franklin, New Jersey


THE SWAP AREA AT THE SHOW. LOTS OF GOOD STUFF IS FOUND OUT HERE!

The entrance to the Franklin show and the outside swap-sell area


ANOTHER VIEW OF THE SWAP-SELL AREA AND THE FRANKLIN SCHOOL SITE OF THE INDOOR SHOW

Looking back toward the show entrance and the Franklin school


THE INDOOR SHOW AND LOTS OF BEADS, BEADS, BEADS! AND LOTS OF GOOD MINERALS, FOSSILS AND ROCKS.

One of the jewelry dealers set up at the show


SOME OF THE DEALERS AT THE SHOW:

DUDLEY BLAUWET OF MOUNTAIN MINERALS

Dudley Blauwet of Mountain Minerals discussing a mineral topic with a customer


SOME OF DUDLEY'S MINERALS FOR SALE

Some of Mountain MInerals inventory at the Franklin, New Jersey Show


TWO OTHER DEALERS AT THE INDOOR SHOW, TONY NIKISCHER AND TERRY SZENICS;

Two wild and crazy guys Terry Szenics (r) and Tony Nikischer (l)


FINE EXHIBITS ARE ALWAYS A MAIN ATTRACTION.

One of the private displays at the Franklin Show


One of the private displays at the Franklin Show 2011


THE FRANKLIN MINERAL MUSEUM IS RIGHT DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE SHOW.

The entrance to the Franklin Mineral Museum right down the road from the show


MANY FRANKLIN TREASURES HAVE BEEN FOUND ON THE FAMOUS BUCKWHEAT DUMP

The Buckwheat Dump adjacent to the Franklin Mineral Museum


INSIDE THE FRANKLIN MINERAL MUSEUM ARE THE WELCH MINERAL, FOSSIL AND NATIVE AMERICAN EXHIBITS AND A SEPERATE ROOM HOUSING TREASURES FROM FRANKLIN AND OGDENSBURG (STERLING HILL), NEW JERSEY.

Wilfred Welch hall at the Franklin Mineral Museum


Native American artifacts are featured in Welch Hall at the Franklin Mineral Museum


Trilobite display in Welch Hall at the Franklin Mineral Museum


The Franklin-Sterling Hill mineral room at the Franklin Museum


A display at the Franklin Mineral Museum dedicated to Peter Dunn of the Smithsonian


One of my favorite rhodonite specimens on display at the Franklin Mineral Museum



THE STERLING HILL MINING MUSEUM IS JUST SEVERAL MILES SOUTH OF THE SHOW AND IS A MUST VISIT.

Entering the grounds of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum


TOURS OF THE MINE START AT THIS ADIT:

The underground tour starts here at the Sterling Hill Mining Museum


THIS BRONZE STATUE AT THE STERLING HILL MINING MUSEUM SEEMS TO SHOUT "EUREKA"!

Eureka! Shouts this bronze statue outside of the Sterling Hill Mining Museum


UNFORTUNATELY, I DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO TOUR THE MINE AT STERLING HILL THIS TIME AROUND, SO I WILL PUBLISH AN ARTICLE WITH PHOTOS AFTER MY NEXT VISIT TO THE MINE. I DID ATTEND THE DINNER AND MINERAL AUCTION AT STERLING HILL AFTER THE SHOW AND HAD A GREAT TIME.

SUNDOWN AT THE STERLING HILL MINE IN OGDENSBURG, NEW JERSEY ON APRIL 30, 2011.

A fitting end to a nice day at Sterling Hill and Franklin 2011


BACK HOME IN PENNSYLVANIA EVERYONE TOOK A MUCH NEEDED REST AND, YES, I AM ON THE SOUTH BEACH DIET.











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