Minerals of AZ Symposium

2021 Symposium Poster

2021 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.

Poster design by Don Boushelle

2022 Symposium Information

The 29th Flagg Mineral Foundation Minerals of Arizona Symposium will be held Friday April 1st and Saturday April 2, 2022. The venue will be the Arizona Mining, Mineral and Natural Resource Education Museum at 1502 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona.


This years symposium marks the 29th anniversary of this event! The symposium will have a two day format this year and will include mineral sales, lectures, and a variety of other mineral related events. The symposium is scheduled for April 1st and 2nd, 2022 and will take place at the Arizona Mining, Mineral and Natural Resource Education Museum, 1502 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona.

The registration fee will be $65/person for FMF members and $75/person for non-members
   – teachers will receive a $10 discount
The registration fee for students is $40
The fee will include refreshments, lunch and symposium proceedings.

2022 Registration Form – click here for printable form

Poster/Cover Design by Don Boushelle

Tentative Agenda:
Friday, April 1st
Afternoon Micromount Workshop, led by Ron Gibbs
The session with presentations and dealers will start at 2PM.

Saturday, April 2nd
Program: Presentations and Equipment Demonstrations

7:30AM to 8:45AM
Registration, Check-in
8:45AM to 9:00AM
Les Presmyk and Catie Sandoval - Welcoming Remarks
9:00AM to 10:00AM
Charlie Connell – Mining Equipment Demonstrations
10:00AM to 10:40AM
David Joyce – Mineral Collecting on the Bay of Fundy
10:40AM to 11:20AM
Richard Zimmerman – Fluid Inclusions and Negative Crystals
11:20AM to 12:00PM
Dr. Ray Grant – Arizona Vanadinite
12:00PM to 1:30PM
Lunch
1:30PM to 2:10PM
Mark Hay – Vanadinite, Field Collecting in Western Arizona
2:10PM to 2:50PM
Stan Celestian – The Hidden Treasures of the L.A. County Museum
2:50PM to 3:20PM
Tom Kaye – Laser Stimulated Fluorescence from Earth to Mars
3:20PM to 3:45PM
Break
3:45PM to 4:25PM
Dr. Tony Gleckler – Lighting Your Minerals: How your lights, your eyes and your rocks all interact
4:25PM to 5:05PM
Anna Domitrovic: – Mines and Minerals of Pearce and Courtland, Cochise County, Arizona

There will be mineral sales by a variety of dealers during the day/evening on Saturday


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 – 2021 – Les Presmyk/Eric Fritz/Susan Leib – UArizona Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum
Twenty Ninth – 2022 -Les Presmyk/Catie Carter-Sandoval – Arizona Mining, Mineral and Natural Resource Education 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

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