President Virgil W. Lueth (12) New Mexico Bureau of Mines
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801,
& Webmaster Anthony R. Kampf
(13) NaturalHistory Museum
of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA90007,
Vice President Penny Williamson
(11) School of Geosciences
University of Wollongong
NSW 2522 Australia
Secretary Jean F. DeMouthe (13) California Academy of Science
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94118,
Treasurer Anna M. Domitrovic (12) 6118 W. Lazy Heart Street
Tucson, AZ 85713,
Katherine Dunnell (13)Mineralogy Department Royal Ontario Museum 100
Queen's Park Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6
Bruce Geller (11) Colorado School of Mines
13th and Maple St.
Golden, CO 80401,
Gemological Institute of America
5345 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008,
Newman (12) Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences American Museum of Natural History Central Park West @ 79th St. New York, NY 10024
Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011
Tucson Convention Center
2:00- 3:00 PM
3:00 - 4:00
- 5:00 PM
Workshop on Mineral Values A number of dealers will loan us some
mineral specimens from California for the
hour, with a short note on why the mineral is the price it is.
This is an opportunity for curators to see how close their
estimation of value is, have fun and gain an understanding about the
differences in prices of mineral specimens.
Meet the Curators Social
6:00 - 8:00 PM Casa Vicente 375 South Stone Ave.,
Tucson, AZ 85701-2323
Located approximately one block SE of the
Hosted by Jim and Gail Spann
Tapas (appetizers), wine, beer and soft drinks provided.
Hard liquor is not included, but can be purchased.
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Call to Order (Lueth)
Approval of the Denver Meeting Minutes (Lueth)
Membership Report (Domitrovic)
Collections/Curators Committee Report (Lueth)
Education Committee:Tucson 11 and Denver
Best Practices Initiative (Lueth)
SMMP Europe Report
Discussion of Tucson meeting day
Board of Directors Election
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TUCSON EXHIBITS Rare and Unexpected Minerals (or
specimens) from California This can be weird specimens, or
species you would not expect to find in California.
Anything odd or unusual, but it's got to
be from California. Mystery Specimens If you have specimens you need a
locality for, or are just wondering what it is,
this is a chance to ask the mineral-loving public about it. We
did this last year and it was quite popular.
Some people even got answers to their questions.
Please contact Jean DeMoutheif you are
planning to participate
in our society exhibit at the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show.
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Greetings from the Land of Enchantment,
As La Nina wrecks havoc on much of the world, the New MexicoTerritories (New Mexico and Arizona) are blessed with warm and dry
weather. Hopefully it will continue through Tucson show time for those of you who need the
A significant topic for our consideration this
meeting has been suggested by our vice-president,
Penny Williamson. I will use the text of her email to
introduce the topic:
"In Denver a few curators were
at dinner discussing mutual stuff and Tucson/SMMP featured. The gist is
that Jeff Post, Julian Gray, Mike Wise & I were discussing how to get
more curators involved in the SMMP meeting. A number of curators don't
attend as they are on the floor on the first day of the show, doing what
in Tucson to do ‒
look at minerals. The meeting takes up valuable mineral time and many
leave the meeting as quickly as possible to get back to the floor. This
is the only time that we are all together and many would like to
socialise and chew the fat with similar souls, etc. Jeff was very keen
to continue the SMMP socialising into the evening with say cocktails and
or dinner. That led to re-thinking the timing of the meeting."
To get the ball
rolling, Penny suggests we shorten the Board
meeting by 30 minutes and shorten the general meeting by 15 minutes and
begin SMMP festivities about an hour later than we do now. Essentially
we would begin our meetings around
and the program would be held around 15
or possibly later. Please be prepared to voice your preference at the
Last year we also
approved the concept of hosting a social, before or after the meeting,
when we could all gather and "chew
the fat with similar souls"
words). This year, Jim and Gail Spann
have offered to host a "meet
social during the Tucson show right after our meetings and
Please RSVP to me by Feb. 8 if you plan to attend (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Throughout my tenure as president of the SMMP, I
have pursued a philosophy for advancing the society by initiating one
new project per year. Past annual projects include the research grant
program, best practices project, attendance/donor surveys, among others.
Most things have been adopted, but I wouldn't
for a minute say that all are flying high. But, they are all available
and if you need some money for a small project or care to share your
expertise and publish it with a review by your peers we have a mechanism
within the SMMP.
We are actively looking for more volunteers to
author other best practice documents.
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SMMP RESEARCH STUDY
Awards are to support curatorial research and methodologies that address
one or more of the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP)
mission statement goals: 1) foster recognition of mineral science
collections as essential scientific, educational and cultural resources,
2) promote support for growth, maintenance and use of collections and
exhibits and, 3) advance museum practice through cooperation in the
development, review and dissemination of information. Amounts vary up to
a maximum of $1000 per grant. Grant awards determined by SMMP Board of
Directors. Grant applications and more details are posted on our
Grant proposals are due: August 1, 2011.
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A message from Prof.
Viktor K. Garanin,
the new Director of the Fersman Museum
In my new position as Director
of the Fersman Mineralogical Museum RAS it is my great pleasure to greet
the museum society.
The Fersman Mineralogical Museum
is a scientific institute by its status, and for a long time it was
rather difficult for the average visitor to enjoy our classic displays.
However we always have to remember, that we are still a Museum and our
main goal is to deliver science to public, making it attractive.
My personal scientific
experience in the field of mineralogy & petrology of diamond deposits,
which will be transferred to the Museum, yielded in the wide range of
connections and relations from many levels in Russia, Europe, USA,
Africa, Australia and Asia. I am open and excited about new
collaborations in the museum world and between any scientific or museum
institutions with a mutual interest.
We also would appreciate being
kept informed on what is going on, any progress or loss, via our staff ‒
SMMP 'ambassadors' and new Department of International Cooperation,
headed by my representative Dr. Maria S. Alferova, established for
progressing above said collaborations.
Professor of the Lomonosov Moscow State University
Viktor K. Garanin
Exhibits Report by Ed Goldberg
My continuing effort to place mineral displays in
public buildings in Maryland
has had some progress this past year. Not only did HowardCountyCommunity College in Columbia expand its
holdings of Maryland
specimens on display, but the
will soon display 5 small cases of
minerals in the members' entrance lobby.
Additionally, Carroll County, Md.,
type locality of carrollite, has expressed interest in hosting a
display of specimens found within its borders. (These will include iron,
copper, and cobalt ores, and the well-known calcites from Medford
Quarry, many colored with todorokite and other manganese and iron
compounds). My effort is as a member of the Baltimore Mineral
Society, but the specimens themselves are primarily ones I've
collected on many field trips and explorations.
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