July 15: Central Oregon Rock Collector’s Lecture

Richard and Helen Rice - founders of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals - circa 1980s.Julian Gray will be speaking at the July 15, 2015, at the Central Oregon Rock Collector’s in Bend, Oregon, at 7 PM.

While the topic, of course, will be rocks and minerals, he will also be covering the history of the museum founders, Richard and Helen Rice. Their love and passion for rockhounding began collecting agate on Agate Beach in Oregon. Among the many treasures they found with their family were ordinary pebbles that were quickly turned into gemstone wonders with a little rock polishing. Determined to share their excitement, they became active in local and regional rock clubs. Their true legacy is the museum that bears their name, continuing to inspire rockhounds of all ages. Richard and Helen built their dream home with built in display cases for their collection and rooms dedicated to polishing gems and making jewelry. For this month’s program the museum’s director, Julian Gray, will take us on a visual tour of the Rice Northwest Museum and the unique building that houses this remarkable collection.

Julian Gray is is the executive director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, a geologist, former curator of the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, and co-author of the upcoming book, Minerals of Georgia. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in geology from Georgia State University. He relocated to Oregon in 2014 to take the reins of the Rice Northwest Museum.

July 7: Columbia Willamette Faceter’s Guild Lecture

NOTE: TIME AND PLACE CHANGE The event begins at 7PM at the Rice Northwest Museum NOT at OMSI

Richard and Helen Rice with awards for collections - founders of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals - circa 1950s.Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Mineral’s Executive Director, Julian Gray will be speaking at the July 7, 2015, Columbia Willamette Faceter’s Guild on the history of the museum founders.

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals began as the personal collection of two avid rockhounds: Richard and Helen Rice. Richard and Helen’s love of rock collecting began on Agate Beach, were they discovered that ordinary pebbles could be turned into beautiful gemstone treasures. They collected rocks and minerals and learned to polish gems. They also became active in local and regional rock clubs. But their legacy is the museum that bears their name. Richard and Helen built their dream home with built in display cases for their collection and rooms dedicated to polishing gems and making jewelry. The museum’s director, Julian Gray, will take you on a visual tour of the Rice NW Museum and the unique building that houses this remarkable collection.

The event will be at 7PM at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro. 7:30PM at OMSI in Portland, Oregon. For more information, see the guild’s site.

Julian Gray is a geologist, former curator of the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia, and co-author of the upcoming book, Minerals of Georgia. He holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in geology from Georgia State University. He relocated to Oregon in 2014 to take the reins of the Rice Northwest Museum.

9th Annual Northwest Fossil Fest

NARG 9th Annual Northwest Fossil Fest.The Northwest Fossil Fest hosted by North American Research Group (NARG) will be at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals Saturday, August 9, 2014.

The Theme for the 9th Annual Northwest Fossil Fest is Petrified Wood.

The event is free for families to learn about fossils, fossil collecting, preparation, identification, and display. The event includes lectures and demonstrations, including a presentation by acclaimed petrified wood specialist, Walt Wright, followed by an optional 3 day workshop (requires separate registration).

The schedule for the Fossil Fest is:

  • 11:00AM – Fossils of Oregon
  • 1:00PM – Walt Wright’s Introductory Lecture on Identifying Petrified Wood
  • 3:00PM – Brad Newport and the Holleywood Ranch on his famous Petrified Wood Collection and its history

This is a great event for families and fossil fans. Attendance for the Fossil Fest includes free admission to the museum.

For more information and registration, see Northwest Fossil Fest.

Faceting Classes 2013 – 2014 Schedule

Columbia-Willamette_Faceters_Guild_logo.Classes are finished for this year.

The Columbia Willamette Faceters Guild has released its schedule of classes for Beginning Gemstone Faceting at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals for the 2013-2014 year. If you would like information on these and future classes, please contact them directly, not the museum.

Participants and students are introduced to the theory and techniques of faceting gemstones. During the course, students will facet one or two gemstones with material and equipment provided by the Faceter’s Guild. Students gain sufficient knowledge to continue faceting on their own.

The classes are held in the Rice NW Museum’s Faceting Lab. The classes offer 20 hours of instruction across 5 classes from 1PM to 5PM.

You have a choice of a 5 week class schedule on Saturdays or a 3 week class schedule of 3 Saturdays and 2 Sundays.

Class fees are $135.00 per person.

  • First session: September 14, 21, 28 – October 5, 12, 2013
  • Second session: October 26, 27 – November 2, 3, 9, 2013
  • Third session: Nov. 23, Dec. 7, 14, 28 – Jan. 4, 2013
  • Fourth session: Jan. 18, 25 – Feb. 1, 8, 15, 2014
  • Fifth session: March 1, 2, 8, 9 & 15, 2014
  • Sixth session: March 29 – April 5, 12, 26, & May 3, 2014
  • Seventh session: May 17, 18, 31 – June 1, 7, 2014