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The public is invited to a free lecture series and symposia associated with the 2019 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. The lecture series will be Thursday, February 14, through Saturday, February 16, and does not require a ticket to the gem and mineral show.

The series and symposia will be held at the Tucson Convention Center in the Maricopa Meeting Room and Greenlee Meeting Room, located near the arena. There will be signage to guide you.

A program for the lectures is included below and can also be viewed/downloaded at http://www.tgms.org/show/.  Look for the link in the section entitled Lectures and Seminars. 

If you have questions, call the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society office at (520) 322-5773 (Monday-Friday, 10 am-6 pm).

Thursday, February 14th

  • 12 noon – 1:00 pm (Maricopa Meeting Room) "Searching for Wulfenite Specimens and Information in Arizona" by Dr. Raymond Grant
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Maricopa Meeting Room) "Wulfenite from Chihuahua, Mexico ... More Than Just Los Lamentos! by Dr. Peter Megaw
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Maricopa Meeting Room) "The Magnificent Microminerals of the Merelani Gem Mines of Northern Tanzania" by John Jaszcak
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Greenlee Meeting Room) Mineral Photography Seminar by Jeff Scovil
  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Greenlee Meeting Room) Society of Mineral Museum Professionals Board Meeting
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Greenlee Meeting Room) Society of Mineral Museum Professionals Membership Meeting
  • 5:00 pm – 6:00pm (Greenlee Meeting Room) Society of Mineral Museum Professionals Program: "Making Museum Mineral Collections Relevant in the 21st Century" by Kim Tait

Friday, February 15th

  • 9:30 am - 6:00 pm (now in the Maricopa/Mohave Meeting Rooms) Arthur Roe Memorial Micromount Symposium
  • 9:30 am - 10:00 am (Maricopa Meeting Room) Welcome and Scope Setup
  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am (Maricopa Meeting Room) Symposium Talks:
    • 10:00 am - 10:45 am "A Tale of Two Mine Dumps. The North Star Mine, Mammoth, Tintic District, Juab County, Utah."  by Brent Thorne
    • 10:45 am - 11:30 am "Collecting the Atwood Hill Area, Lordsburg District, Hidalgo County, New Mexico." by Bob Walstrom
  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm (Maricopa Meeting Room) "How to Take Full Advantage of Mindat.org for Micromineral Collectors" by Jolyon Ralph
  • 12:15 pm - 4:00 pm (Maricopa Meeting Room) "Freebie" Tables, Socializing, Specimen Trading Session

Friday, February 15th – continued 

  • 11:00 am – 12 noon (Greenlee Meeting Room) "The Big Three" by Brian Kosnar
  • 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm (Greenlee Meeting Room) "The Occurrence of Granite Hosted Gem Fluorite: A World Class Deposit from Western Ireland" by Dr. Alessandra Costanzo and Prof. Martin Feely
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Greenlee Meeting Room) "Opal after Calcite after Ikaite (White Cliffs Opal Pineapple)" by Graeme Dowton
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Greenlee Meeting Room) "The Red Cloud Mine – Arizona's World-Renowned Wulfenite Locale"  by Les Presmyk
  • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm (Greenlee Meeting Room) Geo-Literary Society Meeting & Speaker "Wulfenite Literature in the GIA Library and Training Artisanal Gem Miners" by Robert Weldon

Saturday, February 16th

  • 9:30 am – 10:30 am (Greenlee Meeting Room) "Why Collect Minerals" by Herwig Pelckmans
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 noon (Greenlee Meeting Room) "Origin of Precious Metal Deposits with World-Class Collectible Specimens of Native Gold and Native Silver" by David Mustart
  • 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm (Greenlee Meeting Room) "The History of Whitby Jet" Rebecca Tucker
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Maricopa Meeting Room)"New Mineral Finds in Peru" by Jaroslav Hyrsl
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Maricopa Meeting Room) "Treasures in the Tower" by Claire Mitchell
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm (Maricopa Meeting Room)"Gemmology in the Emerald Isle: The Experience of Teaching and Developing a Unique University Accredited Gemmology Diploma in Ireland" by Prof. Martin Feely and Dr. Alessandra Costanzo

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