The Wichita Gem and Mineral Society began meeting in January 1952. A group of 54 like-minded rock enthusiasts began to meet in their homes and set by-laws in motion that would ensure the continuation of their passion of the hobby.
The Purposes of this society are:
- To increase and disseminate knowledge of the sciences pertaining to minerals, gems, rocks, artifacts, fossils, and similar subjects.
- To increase a practical knowledge of cutting, grinding, and polishing of these materials.
- To encourage field trips to study the science of geology and of minerals in place.
- To encourage greater public interest and education in gems and minerals and cooperation with established institutions in such matters.
At WGMS, we are passionate about education, specifically when it comes to geology and the earth sciences! Our monthly meetings consist of a presentation related to a field of earth sciences and then socializing over snacks! Topics of our presentations have included evolution, gemstone significances in different cultures, paleontology, volcanoes, mining, oil and so much more!
We also offer various events throughout the year. In the winter, we often host classes where members and their friends can learn about various lapidary arts including silver smithing, beading, cabochon-making, sphering and more! Once a year, we also host an auction where fabulous items are donated and purchased by club members and collectors.
The highlight of our club is our annual show which takes place at the Cessna Activity Center in April. In addition to featuring amazing dealers and demonstrators from around the country, we offer educational programs for local schools and scouts organizations. Proceeds from the annual show and other events we offer throughout the year help fund geology scholarships for students at Wichita State University.