Minerals of AZ Symposium

2018 Symposium Poster

2018 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.

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2018 Symposium Information


This years symposium marks the 26th 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 13th, 14th and 15th, 2018 and will take place at the Drury Inn & Suites – Phoenix Tempe, 1780 West Ranch Rd. in Tempe, AZ. Take the Warner Road exit off of I-10 and immediately turn south.

2018 Information & Registration Form (click this link to open/print the 2018 registration form)
The $45 registration fee includes: Saturday light breakfast, coffee breaks, Saturday lunch and Symposium Proceedings.
A catered Macayo’s Mexican buffet on Saturday is an additional $20.
Please register prior to April 10th.

Agenda:
Friday, April 13th
3PM – 5PM – Micro mineral session.

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

Saturday, April 14th
2018 Symposium Program

8:00-9:15 - Registration and Coffee
9:15-9:30 - Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
9:30-10:10 - Arizona Pseudomorphs – Barbara Muntyan
10:10-10:40 - Break
10:40-11:20 - How Wulfenite Became the Official State Mineral of Arizona – Evan Jones
11:20-12:00 - The Cause of Color of Wulfenite – Dick Zimmerman
12:00-1:00 - Lunch (Panera, included with registration)
1:00-1:40 - The Pioneer Mining District, Pinal County, Arizona - Les Presmyk
1:40-2:20 - Remembering Dr. Arthur Steadman Roe - Anna Domitrovic
2:20-2:40 - Break
2:40-3:20 - Heavy Metal: Gold, Silver, and Tungsten Mineral Collecting Opportunities around Quartzsite, Arizona – Erik Melchiorre
3:20-4:00 - TBA

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

Featured Dinner Speaker: Catie Carter, Museum Curator: The Arizona Mining, Mineral and Natural Resources Education (MMNRE) Museum: A rebirth of the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum under the University of Arizona

Dealers may also sell after the Saturday dinner

Sunday, April 15th
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 Tempe
1780 West Ranch Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284
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Phone: 480.940.3700 (for reservations please use the 800 number below)

Attendees:
Room reservations for the Drury Inn may be made at 1-800-325-0720 for $109.99+tax. Please request a room for the Flagg Mineral Symposium with group number 2336581 to get the FMF rate. You may also reserve a room with the FMF rate on-line at this link. Please make your reservations by 19Mar18 to get the group rate.

Dealers:
Dealers interested in tailgating may set up on an 8’ table in an auxiliary meeting room right off the main conference room. A block of rooms is reserved for dealers and will include the table. These rooms may be reserved by calling Phil Richardson directly at 602.679.0740.

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 five years of the Minerals of Arizona Symposium. For each symposium the year, co-chair, and location are given.

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

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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