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

2021 Symposium Information

The 28th Flagg Mineral Foundation Minerals of Arizona Symposium will be held Saturday September 25th, 2021. The venue will be the new UArizona Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum.


This years symposium marks the 28th anniversary of this event! The symposium will have a single-day format this year and will include mineral sales, lectures, and a variety of other mineral related events. The symposium is scheduled for September 25th, 2021 and will take place at the UArizona Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum, 115 N. Church Ave, Tucson, AZ, 85701.

The 2021 symposium theme will be “Daylight and Fluorescent Minerals“.

The registration fee will be $110/person for FMF members and $125/person for non-members
Seating is limited to 100 attendees and mail registration ends on September 15th, 2021.
If you wish to attend/register after September 15th, please e-mail Steve Kaminski and let him know you plan on attending and will pay the registration fee at the door.

2021 Symposium Flyer & Registration Form
click here to open/print/mail a 2021 registration form

2021 Symposium Poster

Poster/Cover Design by Don Boushelle

Agenda:
Saturday, September 25th
2021 Symposium Program

7:30AM to 8:45AM
Registration, Check-in
8:45AM to 9:00AM
Les Presmyk and Eric Fritz/Susan Leib - Welcoming Remarks
9:00AM to 9:35AM
Anna Domitrovic – The Significance of Donations to Museums
9:35AM to 10:10AM
Barbara Muntyan – Bagdad Revisited
10:10AM to 10:45AM
Mike Fleeman - Fluorescence in Petrified Wood - Who Knew?
10:45AM to 11:15AM
Rich and Doug Graeme - The Geology, Mineralogy and Mining/Mineral Collecting History of Bisbee
11:15AM to 12:00PM
Mardy and Dick Zimmerman - Arizona Fluorescents: A Forty Year Adventure
12:00PM to 2:30PM
Lunch and Museum Tours
2:30PM to 3:05PM
Dr. Wendell Wilson - Minerals in the Movies
3:05PM to 3:40PM
Tom Kaye - Laser Stimulated Fluorescence from Earth to Mars
3:40PM to 4:15PM
Chris Osterman - Discovery and Geology of the 417 Native Silver Deposit, Gila Co., Arizona
4:15PM to 4:45PM
Rob Gibbs and Dr. Ray Grant - Mineralogy of Arizona, 4th Edition
4:45PM to 5:30PM
Mike Sanders – Five Decades of Mineral Collecting in New Mexico

Pima County has instituted a required mask mandate.
Attendees will be required to wear masks when in the auditorium.

Coffee, snacks and lunch will be provided.
The Flagg Mineral Foundation will offer mineral sales on Saturday

Venue and Additional Information:
UArizona Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum
15 N. Church Ave, Tucson, AZ, 85701

For those who plan to stay in Tucson overnight, the best deal may be found at the Holiday Inn Express
Location:  1564 W. Grant Drive, Tucson 85745 (~ 2 miles from the museum)
Phone:  520-624-3200
Dates:  September 24 and 25
Rate:  $89/night for either King or two Queen beds
Reservation: Please state you are with the Arizona Mineral Symposium. If there are any questions, ask for Rose Hurrell
Social Event:  Informal to occur Friday in various rooms at the hotel

Mineral Show
A Mineral Show is planned at the Mineral City complex on 24 & 26 September 2021.  More details will appear here when they are available.

Mineralogy of Bisbee
The first two volumes of THE new “Mineralogy of Bisbee” by the Graemes (Dick, Richard and Doug) will be premiered at the symposium!

The price for these two volumes will be $46.00.  Volume 1 covers the geology and mining history of Bisbee and Volume 2 discusses the mineralogy.  Volume 3, which will cover the mineral collecting history of Bisbee will be finished and available next year, probably in the summer.  All profits from the sales will go to benefit the two UArizona museums and the Flagg Mineral Foundation.  There will  be 50 sets available at the symposium on a first come, first served basis, and the Graemes will sign them.  Orders will then be taken for additional sets.


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

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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2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005

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