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

2020 Symposium Information

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Minerals of Arizona Symposium scheduled for 3-5 April has been cancelled/postponed. Anyone who sent in registration fees will have them refunded.
Thanks for your support and if we decide to reschedule for sometime late summer or early fall we will let everyone know. 
– The Flagg Mineral Foundation


This years symposium marks the 28th anniversary of this event! The symposium will once again have a three-day format that will include 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 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2020 and will take place at the Drury Inn & Suites – Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center, 1205 South Price Road, Chandler 85286.
The 2020 symposium theme will be “Celebrating 50 years of the Mineralogical Record”.

2020 Symposium Flyer & Registration Form (click here to open/print the 2020 registration form)

The 2020 Poster will appear here when available

 

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 3rd
3PM – 5PM – Micromount session.

5PM to ~9PM – Mineral Sale/Tailgating Session (Open to Public)

Saturday, April 4th
2020 Symposium Program

8:00AM to 8:45AM - Coffee & Light Breakfast
8:45AM to 9:00AM - Welcoming Remarks and Introductions - Phil Richardson and Les Presmyk
9:15AM to 9:45AM - Anna Domitrovic – The Significance of Donations to the A.S.D.M
9:45AM to 10:15AM - Mardy Zimmerman – The Joy of Fluorescense – The Zimmerman Collection
10:15AM to 10:30AM - Break
10:30AM to 11:00AM - Mark Marikos - What is a Diamond Worth?
11:00AM to 11:30AM - Barbara Muntyan - Gallagher mine and other Vanadium Localities Around Charleston and Tombstone
11:30AM to 12:00PM - Karen Wenrich - The Sweet Home Mine, Alma, Colorado
12:00PM to 1:30PM - Lunch and Mineral Sales
1:30PM to 2:00PM - Mike Sanders - 5 Decades of Mineral Collecting in New Mexico
2:00PM to 2:30PM - Frank Sousa - The World’s Largest Silver Nugget, Arizona Style
2:30PM to 3:00PM - Doug Duffy - The Beauty of Lapidary Material
3:00PM to 3:15PM - Break
3:15PM to 4:00PM - Tom Gressman – The History of the Mineralogical Record
4:00PM to 6:00PM - Mineral Sales and Arizona VII/Arizona Supplement II Signing
6:00PM to 7:00PM - Dinner and Silent Auction
7:00PM to 8:00PM - Dr. Wendell Wilson – Minerals in the Movies

6PM – Macayo’s Mexican Buffet ($20/person) with silent auction of donated items.
~7PM – Featured Dinner Speaker: Dr. Wendell Wilson – “Minerals in the Movies”
This program will be a highly entertaining look at the use and misuse of minerals and crystals in movies.  Who can forget the 2’ to 3’ thick vein of gold on the sedimentary rocks featured in McKenna’s Gold?

Dealers may also sell after the Saturday dinner

Sunday, April 5th
9AM to 12PM – Mr. Jeff Scovil has agreed to host a 3 hour photographic workshop from 9AM to 12PM.  Cost is $25 and a minimum of 8 people need to be signed up by March 29th.  Cost after March 29th is $35.

Venue and Additional Information:
Drury Inn and Suites – Phoenix Chandler Fashion Center
1205 S. Price Rd., Chandler, AZ 85286
Phone: 1-866-238-4218 and reference the Minerals of Arizona Symposium to reserve a room.

Dealers:
Dealers interested in selling in the conference room may contact Les Presmyk at 602-370-0639 or via email. There will be 6 or more 8′ tables available in the conference room at a price of $100 each.
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
Twenty Eighth – 2020 – 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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