Denise Dodge had a rock and gemstone collection stolen.

They were all wrapped in white paper towels in gray Rubbermaid totes. The collection included 10 pounds of ruby, tourmaline, opals, jasper cubes, broken geodes, azurite balls and 50 pounds of emerald rough.

More detail –

The theft occurred between 12/31 and 1/3 in the Love Field area of Dallas.  For my stones, there were at least 16 3 gallon silver/gray Rubbermaid totes full of specimens and rough.  Rough contained at least 50 lbs of emerald, and 3 – 10 lbs each of citrine, rose quartz, amazonite, amethyst, moonstone, ruby, sapphire, fluorite and others.  Rough was in 1 qt ziplock freezer bags.  All other stones/specimens were wrapped in paper towels and most had the original labeling from the vendor I bought them from showing the specimen type, mine it came from, price and vendor info inside the wrapping.  This was a loss of at least 1/3 of my collection gathered over the years.  Most specimens were not cheap ones, some being rarer stones with values of $100 – $450.

Any help is appreciated.  We have a report filed with the Dallas Police dept, but they are saying it’s doubtful that they will be able to produce any results.

If you have any info please contact Lisa Botell (469-279-6009) or Denise Dodge ( , 214-680-9103)

Duck Creek Mosasaur Exhibit at the Heard Museum—Grand Opening: Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

The grand opening of the Duck Creek mosasaur exhibit at the Heard Museum in Mckinney is scheduled for October 4. The bones of this large marine reptile that lived in earth’s oceans when dinosaurs walked the land will be debuted. Presentations in Laughlin Hall will describe this 85 million-year-old mosasaur and how a team of devoted volunteers took it from the rock in Garland to the museum floor.
Schedule of Events in Laughlin Hall
1:30 Opening Remarks by Sy Shahid, Heard Museum Director;
Dr. Louis Jacobs, Professor of Earth Sciences, SMU;
Mike Polcyn, Lecturer & Researcher, SMU;
Rocky Manning, President, Dallas Paleontological Society
1:50 Duck Creek, Garland Mosasaur Presentation Darlene Sumerfelt, Director and Lead Preparator, Heard Museum 2:30 Ancient Turtle Prep Presentation Pat Kline, Lead Preparator, Heard Museum
2:45 Mosasaur Exhibit Unveiling
3:00 – 4:00 Meet the Preparators Table – Exhibit Hall

Other exhibits are included with the admission fee including the impressive outdoor dinosaur animatronics display.

The museum is located at 1 Nature Place, McKinney, TX.

Sep-Oct 2014 SCFMS Newsletter

The newsletter for the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies is now on the Internet.  In the past it was available in print and sent to one member in each club.  Enjoy!


Bill Henderson has photographed all of the Fluorescent Minerals of DGMS, Aug 5, 2014

Bill Henderson has photographed all of the Fluorescent Minerals which belong to the DGMS Club. These are the minerals which Milton displayed at the annual DGMS show.
You know Bill’s photography. He is able to capture specimens and bring every detail into focus. He does this by making 20 to 80 photos of each mineral specimen and then using a “stacking” program to make the beautiful photo you see. Bill photographed each specimen in white light and in fluorescent light (both long wave and short wave at the same time).
Bill also has all of these images available on CD for your own personal use.