Discovering Nature’s Treasures in Copper Country
Located in the very heart of “Copper Country” in the town of Miami, Arizona,
The Gila County Gem and Mineral Society was begun by two men in the Globe-Miami area in 1956. Their hope was to gather a group interested in mineralogy and geology. In a garage they had a few machines for cutting and polishing gem materials that could be used in designing and fashioning jewelry. Besides cutting and polishing, the new by-laws had the objectives of “providing opportunities for collecting, purchasing, exchanging and exhibition of specimens and materials”.
In 1957 this group sponsored the first gem and mineral show, which today is greatly expanded and opens for 3 days in January. The annual show provides something for all ages: nearly 40 fascinating display cases, door prizes every hour, vendors, demonstrations, a silent auction and a large room dedicated to hands-on learning and games for all ages.
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