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The Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals began in February 1965 with a meeting of the “Midwest Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals” in Columbus, Ohio. The Dr. Robert L. Bates, Department of Geology and Mineralogy at Ohio State University organized the meeting. The proceedings were published the following year by the Ohio Journal of Science in Volume 66, p. 97–191. A second forum was held in Bloomington, Indiana, and the proceedings were published the following year by the Indiana Geological Survey, and so the relationship between state (and later, provincial) geological surveys developed.

Federal participation has been encouraged, but not to the detriment of the connection with the state or provincial surveys. In 1969, the 4th Forum was held in Austin, Texas, and the event became the first meeting of the Forum on the Geology of Industry Minerals (FGIM). The rest is history!


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1st          1965 Columbus, Ohio

2nd         1966 Bloomington, Indiana

3rd          1967 Lawrence, Kansas

4th          1968 Austin, Texas

5th          1969 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

6th          1970 Ann Arbor, Michigan

7th          1971 Tampa, Florida

8th          1972 Iowa City, Iowa

9th          1973 Paducah, Kentucky

10th         1974 Columbus, Ohio

11th         1975 Kalispell, Montana

12th         1976 Atlanta, Georgia

13th         1977 Norman, Oklahoma

14th         1978 Albany, New York

15th         1979 Golden, Colorado

16th         1980 St. Louis, Missouri

17th         1981 Albuquerque, New Mexico

18th         1982 Bloomington, Indiana

19th         1983 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

20th         1984 Baltimore, Maryland

21st         1985 Tucson, Arizona

22nd        1986 Little Rock, Arkansas

23rd         1987 North Aurora, Illinois

24th         1988 Greenville, South Carolina

25th         1989 Portland, Oregon

26th         1990 Charlottesville, Virginia

27th         1991 Banff, Alberta, Canada

28th         1992 Martinsburg, West Virginia

29th         1993 Long Beach, California

30th         1994 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

31st         1995 El Paso, Texas

32nd        1996 Laramie, Wyoming

33rd         1997 Quebec, Canada

34th         1998 Norman, Oklahoma

35th         1999 Park City, Utah

36th         2000 Bath, England

37th         2001 Victoria, British Columbia

38th         2002 St. Louis, Missouri

39th         2003 Reno, Nevada

40th         2004 Bloomington, Indiana

41st         2005 Istanbul, Turkey

42nd        2006 Asheville, North Carolina

43rd         2007 Boulder, Colorado

44th         2008 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

45th         2009 Delaware, Ohio

46th         2010 Middletown, Pennsylvania

47th         2011 Champaign, Illinois

48th         2012 Phoenix, Arizona

49th         2013 Kingston, Jamaica

50th         2014 St Andrew, Scotland

51st          2015 Twin Cities, Minnesota

52nd        2016 Louisville, KY (Indiana)

53rd      2017 Colorado Springs, Colorado

54th      2018 Austin, Texas

55th         2019 Asheville, North Carolina

56th         2020 Virtual – Hosted by Georgia

57th         2021 Virtual – Hosted by Illinois

58th         2022 Virtual

59th         2023 Austin, Texas

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