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News Community Gem and mineral identification program at Jackson library

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is located in downtown Franklin behind Rankin Square.The Jackson County Public Library will host staff members from the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum for a program on local geology and gemstone identification on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Atrium of the Jackson County Public Library Complex.

Diane Aiello and Fred Plesner will display and discuss local specimens and also demonstrate geode splitting. Attendees are encouraged to bring samples they’d like identified.

The Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum is located in the old Franklin jail building. It is open to the public, hosts educational programs, and has specimens of fossils as well as rocks and gemstones on display.

Dianne Aiello is the Museum’s Education Chairman. Her father was in the rock and mineral business for 50 years, and she is owner of Franklin Gem and Jewelry Warehouse. She is also a jewelry maker.

Fred Plesner, who will demonstrate geode splitting, belongs to the Macon County Historical Society and is Past President of the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum.

This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Library. For more information, call the Library at (828)586-2016.

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