Dr. Peter Heaney of Penn State made a presentation to the Friends of Mineralogy - Pennsylvania Chapter
Symposium on "Making the Case for Celestine as the Pennsylvania State Mineral."
An illustrated article at GameTimePA.com
summarizes recent activity and multiple possibilities for Pennsylvania State Mineral. Thanks again go to NMS member Mike Dunton
for bringing this article to our attention.
Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed
Bill 564 on October 18, to adopt celestine as the official state mineral.
Its history can be tracked at
the Pennsylvania General Assembly's Bill Information page for
The bill next needs to
be introduced and passed in the Senate, and then signed
by the governor.
Society member Mike Dunton alerted us to an
article in the Pocono Record published September 24.
It describes how members of the Che-Hanna Rock & Mineral Club in Sayre, PA, encouraged their state representative, Tina Pickett, to introduce the bill.
This followed activity several years ago which was championed by sixth grader Royce Black; as far as we know, that bill was never brought to a vote.
The article also mentions support from Lancaster County Fossil and Mineral Club, and mineral collector and radio personality RJ Harris.
"I am a 6th grade student at Commonwealth Connections Academy. I did a science paper on what would I like to have as a state rock/mineral,
and I was excited to find that there was none already listed. So, I am on a journey to get Celestine named as the Pennsylvania State Mineral.
I am working with Representative Stephen Bloom to start a resolution, and he has explained the steps involved. I am currently in the 'lobbying'
step. I am drumming up state wide support of my intent to have Celestine become the state mineral.
Would you be interested in helping me? Would you pass the message on...?
NMS Editor's Note: The Facebook and science paper pages linked in 2012
are no longer available in 2016.
CELESTINE is once again under active consideration for Pennsylvania State Mineral