Blue Grass Gem and Mineral Club of Central Kentucky (BGGMC)

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Organization:Blue Grass Gem and Mineral Club of Central Kentucky (BGGMC)
Summary:The Blue Grass Gem and Mineral Club was founded in 1964 by a group of kindred souls, each with an interest in some aspect of the hobby. Initially the Club was named “The Blue Grass Rock Club-” but the word “rock” took on a different meaning over the years, and we had difficulty in explaining that our interest was other than “music.” In 1980 the Club name was officially changed to “The Bluegrass Gem & Mineral Club of Central Kentucky. Club members and prospective members usually are highly interested in one or many of the several aspects of this growing hobby of being a “rockhound.” The term “rockhound” is usually used to define a person's interest in rocks. They may be interested in collecting rocks because they are pretty, colorful, have a strange shape or unusual texture, contain minerals, or fossils; may be sawed and polished or they may be tools or ornaments used by the original inhabitants of this continent. An avid interest in collecting rocks as a hobby leads to a search for knowledge about the subject in such areas a geography, geology, mineralogy, crystallography, paleontology and many times leads a rockhound into learning the arts of lapidary, metal working with copper, silver of gold, faceting gem stones or collection merely for display purposes.
Subjects: geography; geology; kentucky; metal; minerals; paleontology; rocks
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