Minerals of AZ Symposium

Symposium 2017 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


The 2018 Minerals of Arizona Symposium will be held on April 6th, 7th and 8th, 2018. The Symposium is currently being planned for a TBD Phoenix location. Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available.

 

2017 Symposium Information


This years symposium marks the 25th anniversary of this event! The symposium will have a three-day format that will include an open house at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum’s mineral vault, a mineral sale by local dealers and a variety of other mineral related events. The symposium is scheduled for March 31st, April 1st and April 2nd, 2017 and will take place at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743. The Holiday Inn Express at Cortaro/I10 (8373 North Cracker Barrel, Tucson, AZ 85743) will be the host hotel (see below venue information).

2017 Information & Registration Form (click here to open/download a flyer or printable registration form)
The $45 registration fee includes: Saturday breakfast, coffee breaks, Saturday lunch, Symposium Proceedings and admission to the Museum.
A catered banquet on Saturday is an additional $20.
Please register prior to March 25th.

Agenda:
Friday, March 31st
2PM – 4PM – Open house at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum mineral vault.

Note: You must RSVP by email to Anna Domitrovic by March 24th if you want to attend this event.

5PM to ~10PM – Mineral Sale (Open to Public)
There will be a mineral sale at the Holiday Inn Express (8373 North Cracker Barrel, Tucson, AZ 85743) with dealers selling from rooms. There will also be a portable XRF available for analyzing gold and other minerals for their chemistry and a micro-mineral area as well.

Saturday, April 1st
Symposium Program: 8AM to 4PM

8:00-8:40 - Registration and Coffee
8:40-8:50 - Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
8:50-9:30 - Piedmont Mine, Yavapai County – Barbara Muntyan
9:30-10:10 - Agates of the United States – Pat McMahan
10:10-10:40 - Break
10:40-11:20 - Silver and Gold in Arizona, the Mining History and the Specimens that Resulted - Les Presmyk
11:20-12:00 - Wulfenite, Arizona's State Mineral - Raymond Grant
12:00-1:00 - Lunch
1:00-1:40 - Geology of the Tucson Mountains – Jan Rasmussen
1:40-2:20 - Genesis of a Limestone Cave and Associated Mineralogy - Anna Domitrovic
2:20-2:40 - Break
2:40-3:20 - Arizona Cerussite – Mark Hay
3:20-4:00 - What’s New in Arizona Minerals – Ron Gibbs

6:30PM – Dinner at the Holiday Inn Express ($20/person)
Featured Speaker: TBD
Dealers may also sell after the Saturday dinner.

Sunday, April 2nd
10 AM – Field trip to CalPortland Cement Quarry. You must be registered for the symposium to attend the field trip.
Note: Please RSVP by email to Anna Domitrovic by March 24th if you want to attend the field trip.

Venue:
Symposium: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2021 N. Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743
Host Hotel: Holiday Inn Express, 8373 North Cracker Barrel, Tucson, AZ 85743

The Holiday Inn Express at Cortaro/I10 will be the host hotel with dealers selling Friday night. It will be the location of the Saturday night dinner as well.
Directions: Take Interstate 10 to Cotaro Road exit. Go west on Cotaro Road, turn north on North Cracker Barrel.
Reservations may be made at 1-520-572-4777 –
$95+tax.
They are reserving a block of 15 rooms for dealers. Reservations for the dealer block need to be made individually by 3/1/17, contact them and say you want a dealer room if you plan to sell.
There are alternate hotels nearby
Super 8 (1-855-799-6862) – $55+tax
Comfort Inn (1-866-925-7881) – $90-$130+tax.
All provide hot AM breakfast starting at 6:30 AM.

 

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

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

2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
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