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CMS Members Jeff Self and Donna Ware featured on Colorado Public Radio's “Colorado Matters”

CMS members Jeff Self and Donna Ware were featured in an interview on the “Colorado Matters” program on Colorado Public Radio. The recorded interview with Ryan Warner can be listened to online via the CPR website at the link below, along with a story and photos about them.

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Welcome to the Colorado Mineral Society

Celebrating our 88th Year!
1936 - 2024

Colorado Mineral Society
April 2024 Meeting and Presentation
Friday, April 5, 2024 at 7:00pm

The meeting starts at 7:00pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 9200 W. 10th Ave (10th and Garrison) in Lakewood (map). Ed Raines will be talking about “the Quest for Great Wealth from Free Stuff”.

There will be a raffle of 6 nice specimens at 8:30pm with $1 tickets (cash only) that benefit the CMS education program. We will also have a rock sale with specimens, gems, and faceting material that was donated to the club (cash, check, or credit card accepted). Visitors and guests are welcome to attend the April meeting and presentation.



The Quest for Great Wealth from Free Stuff

by Ed Raines, Curator for the Colorado School of Mines Museum of Earth Science

It is common for people to spend time thinking about ways to make money. Many a business has been launched because someone realized that society would pay for a service or product that filled a need. Some people, however, think about things that society values and simply long to own such things so that they can sell them at a high price to make a lot of money.

It isn’t a case of “if I learned how to train horses so that I could train a great racehorse I could make a lot of money.” It’s more like, if I could find a great racehorse walking along the road, I could take him home and make a lot of money.

I don’t know how many people walk along county roads looking for stray racehorses, but I do know that more than a few people walk along roads, through fields, over streams, and climb mountains to find things of great value that can be sold for lots of money. Some people obsess about the things that they are looking for. They read about the things and do computer searches about these things, all in an effort to make their search productive.

How do I know this? Because they bring me the things they find, so that I can verify that they have made a great find. I’m a museum curator and I’m supposed to know about things of great value on this planet. In fact, I’m there specifically to confirm their efforts and their finds.

These are the stories of some of these searchers and the things they have found.

BIO – Ed Raines
Ed Raines - School of Mines Curator

Ed is a geologist, mineralogist, and mining historian. He is the Curator for the Colorado School of Mines Museum of Earth Science. He is a past president of both the Mining History Association and the Colorado Chapter of Friends of Mineralogy. He has written numerous papers on the geology, mineralogy, and mining history of many Colorado mining districts, several of which have received special awards from Friends of Mineralogy. In 2009, his book Historic Photos of Colorado Mining was published by Turner Publishing.

Ed taught adult, continuing-education courses (Geology of the Front Range and Rock and Mineral Identification) through the Boulder Valley School District for more than twenty years. He has led geology and mining history field trips to Leadville, Creede, Cripple Creek, Central City, Georgetown- Silver Plume, Gold Hill, Caribou, Nederland, Jamestown, the eastern San Juan Volcanic Field, the Front Range Foothills, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Clear Creek Canyon. He has organized and managed annual conferences for the Mining History Association at Gold Hill, Leadville, and Creede.

From 1995 to 2004 he served as the mining representative on the Boulder County Commissioner's Historical Preservation Advisory Board. In 2019, received the Rodman Paul Award for Outstanding Contributions to Mining History. In 1997 he received the Clear Creek County Metal Mining Association's Golden Burro Award for his work in promoting the mining industry through his writing and lecture programs. In 2000 he received a special State Honor Award from Colorado Preservation Inc. for his work in historical preservation at the Leadville Mining District.



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