Minerals of AZ Symposium

2019 Symposium Poster

2019 Symposium Poster



The Foundation sponsors the annual Minerals of Arizona Symposium. This symposium is usually held in either March or April and features a variety of interesting presentations on minerals, mineral collecting, new and classic localities, and mining history. In addition, the symposium includes a mineral sale/silent auction where collector quality specimens and other items are available to attendees.

Design by Don Boushelle

2019 Symposium Information


This years symposium marks the 27th anniversary of this event! The symposium will once again have a three-day format that will include a mineral sales by local dealers,  a micromount session, lectures, a hosted dinner and a variety of other mineral related events. The symposium is scheduled for April 5th, 6th and 7th, 2019 and will take place at the Drury Inn & Suites – Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center, 1205 South Price Road, Chandler 85286.

2019 Symposium Flyer (click here)

2019 Symposium Registration Form (click here to open/print the 2019 registration form)

Poster design by Don Boushelle

Top Left: Prehnite, Gila Co., AZ, Barb Muntyan Collection, Jeff Scovil Photo
2nd Left: Malachite, Morenci Mine, Morenci, AZ, Les and Paula Presmyk Collection, Jeff Scovil Photo
3rd Left: Quartz on Chrysocholla, San Manuel Mine, San Manuel, AZ,
Les and Paula Presmyk Collection, Jeff Scovil Photo
4th Left: Azurite, Morenci Mine, Morenci, AZ, Les and Paula Presmyk Collection, Jeff Scovil Photo
5th Left: Pyrite, Mission Mine, Sahuarita, AZ, Les and Paula Presmyk Collection, Jeff Scovil Photo
Bottom Left: Copper in Gypsum, Mission Mine, Sahuarita, AZ, Les and Paula Presmyk Collection, Jeff Scovil Photo


Agenda:
Friday, April 5th
3PM – 5PM – Micro mineral session.

5PM to ~10PM – Mineral Sale/Tailgating Session (Open to Public)

Saturday, April 6th
2019 Symposium Program

8:00 to 9:00am - Coffee Hour
9:00 to 9:15am - Welcoming Remarks and Introductions - Phil Richardson and Les Presmyk
9:15 to 9:30am - Les Presmyk - An Update on UofA’s Two Mineral Museums
9:30 to 10:10am - Stan Keith - Mineralogy of a Giant Graphene Deposit in West-Central Arizona
10:10 to 10:40am - Break and Mineral Sales
10:40 to 11:20am - Barbara Muntyan - Arizona Prehnite
11:20 to 12:00pm - Mark Hay - Minerals of the San Manuel Mine, Pinal County, Arizona
12:00 to 1:00pm - Lunch
1:00 to 1:40pm - Anna Domitrovic - Minerals with Stories to Tell
1:40 to 2:20pm - Dick Zimmerman - Collecting Radioactive Minerals
2:20 to 2:40pm - Break
2:40 to 3:20pm - Guenther Neumeier - Playing in the Big Boys’ Sandbox - ASARCO’s Mission Mining Complex by Bill Williams
3:20 to 4:00pm - Bob Jones - Color in Minerals
4:00 to 6:00pm - Visit Dealers at the Drury Inn conference room

6:00PM – Macayo’s Mexican Buffet ($20/person) with silent auction of donated items.

Featured Dinner Speaker: Dr. Erik Melchiorre – Morenci Mineral Mayhem:  Where Exactly is Morenci and Why Does It Have So Many Names?

Dealers may also sell after the Saturday dinner

Sunday, April 7th
9AM to 11AM – Trading/Selling session and XRF analysis to determine elemental composition of unknown specimens.

Venue and Additional Information:
Drury Inn and Suites – Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center
1205 S. Price Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286
Phone: 800-325-0720 and request a room for the Minerals of AZ Symposium using reference code #2367651

Additional Drury Booking Information (click here)

Dealers:
Dealers interested in selling in the conference room may contact Les Presmyk (email). There will be 8 or more 6′ tables available in the conference room at a price of $50 each. A block of rooms on the second floor is also reserved for dealers who wish to sell from their rooms. Dealer rooms may be requested by calling the Drury at 800-325-0720 and using reference code #2367651. The group rate for rooms is $140 but may be less if enrolled in the Drury preferred guest program.
The Drury Inn & Suites offers a free hot breakfast, free evening drinks and snacks from 5:30 to 7:00 PM and free soft drinks and popcorn as part of the group rate. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and the main conference room will seat 125!

 

Symposium History

The following is a summary of the first twenty seven years of the Minerals of Arizona Symposium. For each symposium the year, co-chair, chair, and location are given.

First – 1993 – Glenn Miller/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Second – 1994 – Glenn Miller/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Third – 1995 – Glenn Miller/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Fourth – 1996 – Susan Celestian/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Fifth – 1997 – Susan Celestian/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Sixth – 1998 – Susan Celestian/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Seventh – 1999 – Susan Celestian/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Eighth – 2000 – Susan Celestian/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Ninth – 2001 – Kristen Cecchi/Ray Grant – Mesa Southwest Museum
Tenth – 2002 – Susan Celestian/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Eleventh – 2003 – Anna Domitrovic/Ray Grant – Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Twelfth – 2004 – Susan Celestian/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Thirteenth – 2005 – Susan Celestian/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Fourteenth – 2006 – Susan Celestian/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Fifteenth – 2007 – Susan Celestian/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Sixteenth – 2008 – Jan Rasmussen/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Seventeenth – 2009 – Jan Rasmussen/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Eighteenth – 2010 – Jan Rasmussen/Ray Grant – Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Nineteenth – 2011 – Anna Domitrovic/Ray Grant – Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Twentieth – 2012 – Phil Richardson/Ray Grant – Clarion Hotel, Phoenix
Twenty First – 2013 – Phil Richardson/Ray Grant – Clarion Hotel, Phoenix
Twenty Second – 2014 – Phil Richardson/Ray Grant – Clarion Hotel, Phoenix
Twenty Third – 2015 – Phil Richardson/Ray Grant – Clarion Hotel, Phoenix
Twenty Fourth – 2016 – Phil Richardson/Ray Grant – Quality Inn Phoenix-Chandler
Twenty Fifth – 2017 – Anna Domitrovic & Phil Richardson/Ray Grant – Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Twenty Sixth – 2018 – Phil Richardson/Ray Grant – Drury Inn & Suites – Phoenix Tempe
Twenty Seventh – 2019 – Phil Richardson/Les Presmyk – Drury Inn & Suites – Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center

A database of speakers and their topics for each symposium are listed in the index.

Speaker abstracts and/or other information on the symposium may be found here by clicking on a year.
additional abstracts are currently being compiled and will appear as a link

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