Our Friends

The Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals | ricenorthwestmuseum.org

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses a world-class collection recognized as the finest in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the nation. Located just west of Portland, Oregon, in Hillsboro, the Museum showcases not only fine rocks and minerals, but also fossils, meteorites, lapidary art, and gemstones from both the Pacific Northwest and all around the world.

Portland Regional Gem & Mineral Show | portlandregionalgemandmineral.com

This annual show is a combined effort of many regional gem, mineral and fossil clubs. The Association meets on the second Monday of every month at 6:30PM at Earnesto’s Italain Restaurant.

Central Oregon Rock Collector  | corockcollectors.com

The Central Oregon Rock Collectors (CORC) are a group of diverse individuals interested in collecting rocks and minerals and increasing their knowledge and enjoyment of their hobby. Our rock club serves the Central Oregon communities of Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, Sisters, Sunriver, La Pine, and beyond. We welcome guests and new members to our monthly meetings and club field trips!

North American Research Group | narg-online.com

Learn more about fossils.

NARG sponsors the NW Fossil Fest and participates in many programs and shows devoted to public education. They collaborate with university scientists and museums to enhance and promote paleontology research. Significant specimens are donated to recognized museums to insure they remain in the scientific and public domain.

Columbia Willamette Faceters Guild | facetersguild.com

This group can teach you how to facet gemstones. They offer classes that are taught at the Rice Museum (above). They also have auctions to buy faceted gemstones.


Ore-Rock-On | orerockon.com

MHRC Club member Tim Fisher maintains an awesome website and tremendous resource for rockhounds in the Pacific Northwest.

Lars Johnson | tworockhounds.tumblr.com

Club member Lars Johnson just released a new Falcon Guide Rockhounding Oregon: A Guide to the State’s Best Rockhounding Sites. Pick up a copy with tons of great color photos!

Greg Gentry Studio Arts | greg-gentry.com

The stunning jewelry of MHRC club member Dr. Greg Gentry pulls from his studies of geology, paleontology and metal arts.

Alison Jean Cole | alisonjeancole.com

MHRC Club member Alison Cole experiments with flat lapidary techniques in her 3-dimensional work. She teaches weekly at the club lapidary shop.


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  1. Hi
    I am looking for the main contact person for your annual show.

    I am putting together an online show list for the mineral clubs and museums. Your club will want to be on this list as it will be the ultimate web guide for all Mineral Shows in the USA. More on this later, but for now, I am gathering a list of shows, contacts, club/museum websites, show location and days. It will be updated constantly.

    Are your show dates still April 24-26?

    and is your show still held here: (?)
    Kliever Memorial NG Armory
    10000 NE 33rd Drive
    Portland OR. 97211

    Appreciate your help and have a nice show!

    Tom Loomis
    Dakota Matrix Minerals


    1. Hi Tom,
      Yes, our show is April 24 – 26, at the Kliever Memorail NG Armory. What other information do you need? I would like to get more info on what you are doing.
      My name is Linda Frenette, president of Mt Hood Rock Club. We will have a different show chair after this show. That will be Lee Boerner.
      Do you know about the Portland Regional rock and Gem Show. I am the Vice President putting together that show. Lenora Smith is the dealer chair on this.
      Feel free to contact me and I will get the contact info for you.
      Thank you,
      Linda Frenette


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