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I'm sure you folks from the higher latitudes are
anxious to get to Tucson. It has been a brutal winter in North America
and similarly so in parts of Europe/Asia. Hopefully the high pressure
ridge will hold for your visit and we will stay dry and warm
(unfortunately for those of us in the southwest, but we're kind of weird
As the world economy begins to emerge from the great
recession, hopefully funding of museums and their activities may
improve. The burgeoning phenomena known as social media is becoming an
increasingly important part of day to day living for many people. It is
also provides a new vehicle for making the public and decision makers
notice and value your collections. This year's program, prepared by
Katherine Dunnell, will hopefully better educate us its importance. I
hate to say this but as part of the "older generation" I know I am not
properly educated or motivated on the subject. However, it is obviously
important in the next generation of visitors and curators. I'm looking
forward to the education. Perhaps you can justify increased funding to
tap into this - maybe even come up with a proposal for SMMP?
An important aspect of the Tucson meeting is to elect
the Board of Directors. Julian Gray, Penny Williamson, and Terry Ottaway
terms are expiring. Please consider any changes you may want to make to
the board and be prepared to nominate any candidates you might feel are
effective. The current slate can also be returned office.
Jim and Gail Spann are also hosting a "Meet the
Curators" social event again this year. I would like to publicly thank
them in advance for their generosity. It is a great opportunity to share
good fellowship after our meeting.
Looking forward to seeing
you all in
Virgil Lueth, President
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MINUTES OF THE
Unfortunately, the minutes have gone
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Report on the joint
meeting of the
IMA-Commission on Museums and
Munich, Germany - October
Click on the link above to view the
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BEST PRACTICES PROJECT
"Best practices" documents are posted on the SMMP website:
BEST PRACTICES REPORT NO. 1:
Research Sampling of Collections
BEST PRACTICES REPORT NO. 2: Moving
We are actively looking for more volunteers to
author other best practice documents.
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SMMP RESEARCH STUDY GRANTS
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
Board of Directors.
Grant applications and more details are posted on our website:
Grant proposals are due: August 1, 2013
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Board of Directors election
Three board member terms will
be expiring this year.
Please be prepared to nominate candidates and vote.
Board members whose terms
expire this year are:
Term expiration dates of the other board members are provided in
parentheses in the sidebar.
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NEW JOB APPOINTMENT
New Director at the National Mining
Hall of Fame
National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum Appoints New
Leadville, CO – January 14, 2014: After a
nationwide search, the Board of Directors of the National Mining Hall of
Fame & Museum (NMHF&M) has appointed Dr. Stephen L. Whittington as its
new Executive Director. Dr. Whittington brings more than 20 years of
experience in leading successful museums, as well as an impressive
background in academics, publications and community involvement. Most
recently the Director of the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest
University in Winston-Salem, NC, Dr. Whittington is also Director of the
Teozacoalco Archaeological Project in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Chairman of the NMHF&M Board of Directors, Paul C.
Jones said, "We are very pleased to have someone of Dr. Whittington’s
caliber as our next Executive Director. He brings to our organization
sound knowledge and expertise in museum management." Jones continued,
"We believe Dr. Whittington’s capabilities will take the National Mining
Hall of Fame & Museum to the next level of national recognition in order
to achieve our goal of telling the story of mining, its people and its
importance to the American public. We welcome Dr. Whittington as a key
member of our organization."
A native of Denver, Colorado, Dr.
Whittington has spent much of his career on the East Coast, serving as a
Director on the Boards of several state and regional museum
associations, including an appointment by the Governor of Maine to the
State Museum Commission. Earlier in his career, he was involved in
geology fieldwork, interned at a geological museum, worked as a
paralegal on a case involving the uranium industry and now welcomes the
opportunity to move back to Colorado and into the mining industry. Dr.
Whittington will assume his responsibilities at the NMHF&M in Leadville
in early March.
In addition to his post at the Museum of Anthropology
at Wake Forest University, Dr. Whittington is an Adjunct Associate
Professor of Anthropology there. He has also done archaeological
research in several Latin American countries. Prior to his engagement at
Wake Forest University he served as Director of the Hudson Museum at the
University of Maine, was Project Coordinator of the College of Health
and Human Development at Pennsylvania State University, Assistant
Curator of Collections at the Wyoming Historical & Geological Society in
Wilkes-Barre, PA, and he has served in several other related positions.
Dr. Whittington holds a PhD. and an M.A. in Anthropology from
Pennsylvania State University and an A.B. in Anthropology from the
University of Chicago. He is active in the Society for American
Archeology and the Association of Academic Museum & Galleries among
other professional organizations, and he has authored and reviewed
numerous technical publications.
Steve and his wife Christine, a library director, have
been married for 34 years and have two adult children, Daniel who lives
in Denver, and Quinn who is attending Appalachian State University in
Boone, NC. The Whittingtons engage in many pastimes and are avid pet
lovers. The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, established by
Joint Congressional Resolution in 1988, is the only federally chartered
national mining hall of fame and museum, but is privately supported. Its
support, activities, and focus are national in scope. Its mission is to
"Tell the story about mining, its people, and its importance to the
American public". The 20,000 square-foot museum in Leadville, CO, houses
the 223 information plaques honoring the Mining Hall of Fame inductees
as well as a comprehensive display of mining artifacts and information,
attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year.
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Texas Memorial Museum
at the University of Texas - Austin
The following is paraphrased from an email sent by Peter Megaw.
The University of Texas is proposing to slash the
budget of Texas Memorial Museum. The TMM is the principal repository of
a wide range of Natural Science materials from all over Texas and
surrounding regions. The museum has been chronically underfunded for
years and making it even less able to gather, curate and preserve
materials before they are destroyed is a bone-headed maneuver akin
to deciding to only subscribe to important research journals every few
There is a petition circulating to reconsider the
cut... the link is below.
Note that the process ends with being asked to give a
donation to the ipetitions website, but it is not required.
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American Geological Institute (AGI)
Collections Alliance NSCA)
the Society of Mineral
Museum Professionals maintains no official ties
Commission on Museums
(CM) of the
International Mineralogical Association
(IMA), the Commission resolved at its December, 2000, meeting in Melbourne,
Australia, to support SMMP's efforts in uniting mineral museum professionals
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SMMP LIST SERVER
are encouraged to interact with your fellow SMMP members via our list server:
when you reply to an email sent via our list server,
you will be replying to the sender, although you have the option of copying the
Tony Kampf processes additions to and
deletions from the list server. That way we limit
the list to our membership and if a member decides that they want to be dropped
from the list, Tony will know whether to send them the
SMMP Newsletter by snail mail. Note that you are only able to
send via the list server from your email address that is on the list server.
This should be the same one that is used in our on-line roster.
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