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The Houston Gem and Mineral Society (HGMS) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to study in the areas of earth science and related fields and arts. A major focus of the HGMS is education. Through classes offered at the clubhouse and through our scholarship fund, the HGMS encourages its individuals and groups to better their knowledge and understanding in these areas. The society is open to all persons with rockhound or fossil "fever." We offer something for every family member, from junior members to senior citizens, and our activities encourage family participation. The HGMS is a member of the Southeast Federation of Mineral Societies (SCFMS) and is affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS).

The Houston Gem and Mineral Society was originally founded as the Houston Rock and Lapidary Club on December 7, 1948. The name was changed to the current one in April, 1955. The club's first exhibition show was held at the Houston Garden Center in April 1957, and the first dealer show was held in April 1963 at the Shamrock Hilton Hotel. The club experienced rapid growth in the 1970s. Their first Regional Federation show was held in 1977, and their first National Federation show was held in 1982.

The Houston Gem and Mineral Society not only has eight Special Interest Sections (Paleo, Mineral, Lapidary, Faceting, Day Light, Beading, Archaeology, and Youth) meeting on a monthly basis, it also holds a monthly General Meeting during which Club business is conducted. All members are encouraged to attend. The General Meeting is held at the clubhouse on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 7:30, and much effort goes into the selection of great programs. The clubhouse is located at 10805 Brooklet, Houston, Texas 77099. Visitors are encouraged, and they are welcome at all of our meetings. You'll be glad you came!

For more information about the Society, please visit our website at http://www.hgms.org


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