Gilsum Rock Swap 2024

More than 70 dealers and swappers exhibiting rocks and minerals from around the world!

June 22-23, 2024 Rain or Shine

The Gilsum Rock Swap features more than 68 dealers and swappers with gems, jewelry and minerals available for sale or trade in scenic southwestern NH. Pan for minerals, enjoy an old fashioned New England ham and bean dinner with home made pies, sit down for a Chicken Barbecue lunch and more. Admission is free, although donations are graciously accepted. All proceeds go to youth recreation and community programs.

Can you guess what mineral this is?
  • See minerals and crystals from all over the world
  • Crack a geode
  • Pan for minerals
  • Enjoy a hearty whole foods pancake breakfast
  • Stay Saturday evening for the famous ham and bean supper with dozens of homemade pies
  • Chicken barbecue Sunday from noon to 2 PM

Show Schedule: Saturday

8 AM Exhibits open
8 AM – Noon: Wholesome Foods Breakfast
10 AM – 2PM: Library book sale at the Library

1 PM – SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY PAUL BRANDES
“New Hampshire Originals! Type Locality Minerals from The Granite State” at the Community Center Auditorium. (See details below)

5:00 PM: Annual Ham & Bean Dinner with homemade beans and pies! This family style event features home made pies and beans made by local Gilsum residents. The dinner also includes ham, potato salad and cole slaw. Seatings beginning at 5 and 6 PM at the Gilsum Congregational Church. Tickets go on sale at the Rock Swap Central information booth all day and at the church after 4 PM Saturday.

6 PM: Dealer exhibits close

Sunday

8 AM: Exhibits open
8 AM – Noon: Wholesome Foods Breakfast
Noon – 2 PM: Chicken Barbecue
10 AM – 2 PM: Library book sale 10:00 – 2:00 at the Library
4:00 PM: Show closes – See you next year!

***Special Presentation ***

New Hampshire Originals! Type Locality Minerals from The Granite Statewith Paul Brandes

Examples of beryl – New Hampshire’s state mineral

New Hampshire has a long history of mining and mineral wealth. According to the web site Mindat.org, over 360 different minerals can be found at the various mines that dot the state. Out of those, just eighteen are known as “type-locality” minerals; minerals that were first discovered and named in New Hampshire. Join geologist and author Paul Brandes as he describes the history of these minerals, as well as the process by which a new mineral is introduced to the world.

Join Paul Saturday, June 22 at 1 PM in the auditorium. Admission is free. Don’t miss it!

Meet Paul Brandes

Paul Brandes could be called a “jack of all trades” geologist of sorts. He was introduced to geology and mineral collecting at a very early age, having grown up on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan (Copper Country) digging up mineral specimens and researching the rich mining history of the area. He attended and graduated with degrees in geology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and Michigan Technological University. Since graduation, he has worked as an exploration geologist, a geology/mining consultant, an environmental enforcement officer, and most currently as a professor of earth and environmental science at a community college. He is also an award-winning photographer, a best-selling author, a member of the Mindat.org management team, and on the Board of Directors of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy. In what free time he has, Paul enjoys cooking, toying with classic cars, spending time with his cats, and traveling the world with his geologist wife Nathalie in search of new and exciting places to study geology and obtain minerals to add to their collection.

Visit us on Facebook at GilsumRockSwap, where you will find photos from last year’s show, announcements for this year’s event and more!

Watch the New Hampshire Chronicle TV episode about the Gilsum show!

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Saturday/ 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday
Location: Gilsum Elementary School and Community Center, 640 Route 10 in Gilsum (just 10 minutes from Keene). This is an outdoor event, under canopies, held rain or shine. For directions click on the Directions menu item at left.
Places to Stay: Hotels, Bed and Breakfasts and Campgrounds can be found at this Web site.
Gilsum Weather: The Rock Swap goes on rain or shine! Click Weather.com for the weekend forecast.

Show coordinator contact: gilsumrocks@gmail.com