Bill Henderson passed away at 12:47am 8/6/2016

Bill Henderson will be missed at the Dallas Gem & Mineral Society.  He was an active member for many years, cutting and polishing semi precious stones, silversmithing, wood working, enameling, photography and micro photography.  Bill Henderson made the photographs of all the club’s fluorescent mineral collection (displayed on this website).

Micro photography - Joan & BillBill Henderson showing his micro photography of minerals and gems to Joan Sheppard at a Dallas Gem & Mineral Show.

Karen & Bill Henderson

Karen & Bill Henderson at the Farmers Branch Senior Center Craft Fair.

From Karen Henderson:
Service information honoring our beloved Bill Henderson:
Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
North Dallas Funeral Home
2710 Valley View Lane
Farmers Branch, TX   75234
Thursday, Aug 11, 2016, 3pm
The Ridge Church
4561 N. Josey Lane
Carrollton, TX  75010
Friday, August 12. 2016
Memory Lane Cemetery
Anadarko, Oklahoma
Time TBD

Quartz Crystal Hunts in Broken Bow, Oklahoma? Not Yet…

I have spoken with Joyce Hall, widow of Cephas (I know – it is spelled several different ways) Hall, several times since the passing of Cephas Hall – one of the best crystal hunters.  I spoke with her this evening. and unfortunately got the same answer as last time.  Virtually every acre of land around Broken Bow is leased out to hunting clubs or lumber companies, and is gated.  So Joyce has no place to take us crystal hunting at present.  Joyce will make some calls and see what she can find for us.

Feb 27, 2016 Field Trip to Martin Marietta cement plant in Midlothian

Time for a FIELD TRIP!

Shauna Young has booked a collecting trip for the Dallas Gem and Mineral Society at the Martin Marietta cement plant in Midlothian on February 27, 2016, from 8am-noon. The trip is limited to 25 people. We will be looking for shark teeth, pyrite, and marine fossils. To go on this trip, reply to Shauna Young at

Obama to give free parks admission to fourth graders, Feb 19, 2015

Obama to give free parks admission to fourth graders By Gregory Korte, USA TODAY WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce Thursday that the National Park Service will give all fourth graders and their families free admission to national parks and other federal lands for a full year. The Every Kid in a Park initiative is part of an effort to get schoolchildren outdoors and more active. It will start in the school year that begins next fall, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service in 2016. Family admission to national parks usually costs $80 for an annual pass, but fourth graders and their families will be able to get a free pass that will give them admission to national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and other federal public lands and waters, according to a White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity to allow the president to make the announcement. Obama will make the announcement Thursday in Chicago, where he will announce that he’s designating the Pullman neighborhood as a national monument. The neighborhood, on the city’s south side, was built by the Pullman Palace Car Co. for the workers who made its sleeper cars for passenger trains beginning in 1867 — but it’s most significant for its role in labor unrest and civil rights advances. Obama will also announce designation of Honolulu National Monument in Hawaii, where Japanese-American citizens and prisoners of war were held in an internment camp during World War II, and Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado, a popular whitewater rafting destination along the Arkansas River. The cost of the free passes for fourth graders will come out of a $20 million National Park Service budget for youth engagement programs. With the help of the National Parks Foundation, the Park Service will also provide grants for free transportation for schools that need it, and educational materials for teachers. According to National Geographic, the best national parks spots for children include Yellowstone in Wyoming, the Great Sand Dunes in Colorado, the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.

Editor’s note: National Parks, etc. in Texas:

  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
  • Amistad National Recreation Area
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • Chamizal National Memorial
  • El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
  • El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
  • Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park
  • Padre Island National Seashore
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
  • Rio Grande Wild And Scenic River
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park


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.